In total, 25 per cent of long-term care homes across Ontario participated, and their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
In a survey conducted after the delivery of the course, 96 per cent of participants said they felt more confident in their ability to facilitate care, and 64 per cent of long-term care homes agreed that the training has improved resident care outcomes.
In terms of qualitative feedback from participants, empowerment was a common theme. Many commented that the course helped build their confidence and achieve meaningful change in the everyday working practices of their long-term care homes.
Participants also noted improvements in their own self-care, morale, and collaboration, suggesting that this type of education may be effective in helping to improve workplace satisfaction, reduce burnout, and improve attrition rates within the sector.
With the success of the project, Conestoga College plans to continue working with D2L to transform the long-term care sector’s access to training and professional development. Three new modules are currently in development, and PSW trainers are now contributing ideas that will be integrated into the next revision of the course.