Who we are
The Virtual Centre for Advancing Seniors Care, under the CIHR/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Seniors Care, is committed to disseminate knowledge in order to enhance education, training, and research to enhance care and well-being of seniors. The Virutal Centre supports Conestoga College to improve graduate readiness to meet the needs of an aging and more complex population. The School of Health & Life Sciences and Community Services has 3400 students, with over 1400 graduates each year, many of whom provide direct service to seniors. Given evidence about needs that are not being met in relation to seniors care, it is critical that we take action to improve our educational experiences and then share this knowledge with others. In addition, the Virutal Centre leads and supports applied research activities and develops an increasing numbers of faculty, researchers and research students with clinical expertise and research experience with a range of clinical and practice partners.
What do we do
- Health care students will learn with and about seniors in a range of meaningful curriculum and clinical experiences.
- Professionals in health care and community service work-places will gain new insights in caring for seniors and demonstrating leadership in seniors care through innovation and continuing education.
- Applied research projects will investigate strategies to improve care practices and models, promote well-being, develop and evaluate products for seniors care, and demonstrate the impact of innovation in education and training.
- Collaboration in research, education and training with other Schlegel chairs will lead to new advances in research-informed practice.
- The Virtual Centre for Advancing Care for Seniors will enable faculty, staff, students and practice partners to share current and new practices and resources that will enhance seniors care and living.
- Faculty, researchers, and clinical staff will develop as leaders for change in education and practice development for continual improvements in seniors care.