Current Projects

Current Projects – September 2022

The Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care provides residents, tenants, families, caregivers and staff the opportunity to become involved in a variety of innovative projects and initiatives. This creates opportunities to engage in meaningful social and recreational activities such as learning a new skill, sharing experiences, and providing input on various issues. Participation also helps contribute to knowledge that can help improve care.

All projects follow public health measures related to COVID-19 and the policies set out by Perley Health.

Below is a list of ongoing projects that the Centre of Excellence is involved with, many of which are seeking participants:

1) Psychosocial Impact of COVID-19 on Residents, Caregivers & Volunteers

Principal Investigator: Dr. Annie Robitaille, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

This study aims to gain a better understanding of the emotional and psychosocial well-being (e.g. psychological distress, loneliness) of family/friend caregivers and volunteers. Staff, caregivers, volunteers and residents will share their experience on the impacts of reducing non-essential visitors in LTC through a one-time, in-person or virtual interview (60 minutes). Participants will be compensated $20. The data gained from this project can be applied to improve the current COVID-19 situation in addition to improving pandemic preparedness for the LTC homes during future outbreaks across Canada and internationally.


2) Social Inclusion of People with Dementia and Their Caregivers (Intergenerational Volunteer Project)

Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Annie Robitaille, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa; Dr. Linda Garcia, Faculty of Health Sciences, LIFE Research Institute, University of Ottawa

Older adults (long-term care residents and tenants) living with dementia can receive friendly one-on-one visits from university student volunteers, providing them with an opportunity to engage in social and recreational activities and meaningful conversations. The caregiver of the person living with dementia will be asked to complete a 20-minute questionnaire on 4 occasions.


3) Online Peer Support to Improve Meaning in Life for Older Adults

Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Marnin Heisel, Psychiatry, Epidemiology & Biostatistics Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, Lawson Health Research Institute; Danielle Sinden, Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care, Perley Health

Older adults over the age of 60, living in Ontario who have been feeling lonely, socially-isolated or stressed will participate in an online peer support group that promotes social connection, emotional health and well-being and explores meaning in life in the face of the pandemic. Participants will participate in an online interview (40-75 minutes) to determine eligibility. If eligible, participate in an 8-week series of online group discussions (75-90 minutes/week) with 8-12 participants living across Ontario and 2-3 group facilitators and complete up to 4 additional online research interviews (60-120 minutes) throughout the year to evaluate the groups.


4) LTC Social Support and Peer Mentorship Programs

Principal Investigator: Dr. Annie Robitaille, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

The Java Music Club is a research-based peer support group that involves Perley Health recreation staff, volunteers and residents facilitating peer support group activities to other LTC residents targeting social isolation. During group activities, participants are able to provide support to one another by sharing vulnerabilities and strengths. The intervention creates a safe environment that allows residents to engage in interactive discussions and participate in a variety of activities such as interpreting photography, listening to music and reading articles. The main focus is residents helping residents which adds purpose and meaning in their lives.


5) COVID-19 Immunity Study

Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Amy Hsu, Bruyère Research Institute and Dr. Marc-Andrè Langlois, University of Ottawa

This study involves residents, staff, students, volunteers and caregivers in long-term care homes across Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. The aim of this project is to gain a better understanding of COVID-19 prevalence in LTC homes across Canada and to examine the level and duration of protection COVID-19 vaccines. Participants will be asked to complete an online baseline survey (15 minutes) and provide blood spot samples collected at several time points over the next 12 months. Participants can access their antibody results through a secure web-based portal. Also, participating LTC homes will be given the aggregate data which will provide valuable information about a home’s overall level of immunity and risk.


6) Dexamethasone as a Treatment for Older Adults in LTC with COVID-19

Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Amy Hsu, Bruyère Research Institute and Dr. Benoit Robert, Perley Health

Dexamathasone is a corticosteroid often used to treat COVID-19 positive patients. For this project, provincial health administrative data will be used to examine the administration and effectiveness of dexamethasone on health (e.g., symptom severity, mortality) and healthcare outcomes (e.g., rates of hospitalization, use of mechanical ventilation) in frail, older adults living in long-term care homes in Ontario.


 7) Program to Accelerate Technologies for Homecare (PATH)

Co-Principal Investigators, Ottawa site: Dr. Jeffrey Jutai, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa; Dr. Jason Millar, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa

PATH is a multi-partner initiative to increase the understanding of the potential role that home-based technologies can play in the care and well-being of older adults. Groups of older adults will be provided various devices and technologies (e.g. blood-pressure monitors, pressure-sensitive mats that track sleep patterns, wearable devices that can detect falls, etc.) and their experiences monitored. Researchers will share the data with industry to test, validate and potentially commercialize products. The CoE is recruiting LTC residents, families, staff and tenants of the independent-living apartments to participate in various studies associated with the PATH project.


8) Health Surveillance of Community-Dwelling, Person-with-Dementia and Caregiver Dyads

Principal Investigator: Dr. Annie Robitaille, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

This project aims to increase understanding of the trajectories of individuals living with dementia and their caregivers (dyads) from diagnosis to the move into LTC. Information will be collected from dyads over extended periods of time and the results used to inform policies, programs and areas of future research in Canada.


9) Supporting Preferences of Older Veterans and Families in Later Life

Principal Investigator: Dr. Annie Robitaille, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

The objectives of this project are to gain a better understanding of older Veteran and family health and well-being over time and across settings using the determinants of health model and use implementation science to assess the needs of older Veterans and their families and evaluate the implementation, adoption, effectiveness and sustainability of programs and policies for older Veterans and their families across settings.  


 10) Pilot Implementation of the ARMM device in LTC

Principal Investigator: Dr. Mirou Jaana, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

The purpose of this project is to determine if the ambulation, mobility, retraining and mobility mechanism (ARMM) device can be effectively implemented into the workflow of Physiotherapists at Perley Health. The early stages of pre-implementation will be explored and a map of the workflow of the physiotherapy department at Perley heath will be drafted. Residents and physiotherapists will be asked to complete a survey to share their feedback on technology implementation and the use of the ARMM device in a one-time interview.  


11) Evaluation of an Arts Program for Veterans in the Community

Principal Investigator: Dr. Annie Robitaille, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

The purpose of this research is to evaluate the impact of an arts program for Veterans living in the community. Tenants of the Senior Independent Living Apartments at Perley Health who have attended a weekly arts program will be asked to participate in a focus group to provide feedback about their experiences during the program. Program facilitators will also be asked to participate in interviews to share their thoughts about the strengths and weaknesses of the program. The feedback will be used to make improvements to the arts program and to inform the development of other programs.  

 

12) Evaluating the impact of the Therapeutic Recreation and Creative Arts Program on older Veterans in LTC

Principal Investigator: Dr. Annie Robitaille, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

This project explores the impact of participating in the Therapeutic Recreation and Creative Arts program on the health and well-being of Veterans (residents) living at Perley Health. This study will involve conducting one-on-one interviews will Veterans, substitute decision makers, staff, and volunteers to provide a comprehensive overview of the Veteran's experiences.


13) Design and Implementation of a Nurse Mentorship Program in LTC

Principal Investigator: Dr. Annie Robitaille, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

The impact of participating in a mentorship program for newly hired nurses at Perley Health will be explored. This study will involve conducting interviews with the newly hired nurses (mentees) as well as experienced nurses (mentors) to collect their feedback about their experiences.


14) Paxlovid Case Analysis

Principal Investigator: Dr. Benoit Robert, Chief Medical Officer, Perley Health

Paxlovid is an antiviral drug used to treat COVID-19 infections. The purpose of this research is to evaluate the effects of treating COVID-19 in LTC residents using Paxlovid, compared to other antiviral treatments. A chart audit will be used to evaluate the rates of hospitalization and mortality, which can be used to inform future research on treating COVID-19 infections in LTC residents.  


15) Knowing the Story of a Residents Life

Principal Investigator: Dr. Annie Robitaille, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

This study aims to explore the different ways staff working in LTC homes across Canada are able to learn the life stories of their residents. Staff working in LTC homes across Canada will be given the opportunity to share their strategies on how to obtain resident information in a one-time interview.


Contact Information

If you are interested in participating or would like to learn more about a particular project, please contact:

Nikita Rayne

Research Coordinator, Centre of Excellence

Perley Health

1750 Russell Road, Ottawa ON K1G 5Z6

613-526-7170 ext. 2232

nrayne@perleyhealth.ca

Danielle Sinden

Director, Centre of Excellence and Research Operations

Perley Health

1750 Russell Road, Ottawa ON K1G 5Z6

613-526-7170 ext. 2424

dsinden@perleyhealth.ca