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PREP LTC receives an additional $94.5M boost to optimize student placements in long-term care

Feb 1, 2024 | Media, PREP LTC

WATERLOO, Ont. (February 1, 2024) The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is pleased to announce that Ontario is investing an additional $94.5M in the Preceptor Resource and Education Program in Long-Term Care (PREP LTC) project to increase hands-on training opportunities for students looking for careers in long-term care (LTC).

This $94.5M investment from the Ministry of Long-Term Care is being led by the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (Ontario CLRI) at the RIA and is supported by the Ontario CLRI teams at Baycrest Academy for Research and Education and Bruyère Research Institute.

“We’re investing in programs that are building a pipeline of talent for the future and giving them more hands-on clinical training so our long-term care residents get the high-quality care they deserve,” said Stan Cho, Minister of Long-Term Care.

“We’re pleased for the opportunity to continue leading PREP LTC beyond the successful first three years,” said Tina Mah, Executive Director of the RIA. “PREP LTC has made a valuable contribution to long-term care, helping students gain much-needed skills and equipping and encouraging them to pursue meaningful careers in the long-term care sector.”

Building on the initial success of PREP LTC in workforce recruitment and training, this investment will continue to provide funding, education, and resources to support high-quality student placements in LTC for an additional three years.

In less than three years, the PREP LTC team has engaged over 80% of Ontario’s LTC homes, supported preceptors in spending more time with students, and developed eLearning that prepares team members to mentor students confidently. PREP LTC’s impact report shows the project is making a difference in the lives of those living and working in LTC today.

“The PREP LTC project is a valuable resource to Omni. The location of some Omni homes can make it challenging to attract staff, so we welcome student placement opportunities with the goal of retaining these students for long-term, meaningful employment. The student coordinator funding through PREP LTC has given Omni the resources to focus on improving our student placement program, improving existing partnerships with schools, and creating new partnerships. As a result, we have grown our student placement program beyond nursing placements to include social service worker, occupational therapy assistant, physiotherapy assistant, recreation, and leisure students.”

Sharon Reid, PREP LTC Coordinator, Omni Quality Living

Funding details for Ontario long-term care homes for Year 4 of PREP LTC (2024/25) will be available soon.

About PREP LTC

PREP LTC is led by the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (Ontario CLRI) at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) and is supported by the Ontario CLRI teams at Baycrest Academy for Research and Education and Bruyère Research Institute. PREP LTC helps address the staffing needs of the LTC sector by providing funding, education, and resources to Ontario LTC homes to build capacity for student placements. The project also equips preceptors in LTC to support positive and successful student placements. Learn more at clri-prepltc.ca.

About the Ontario CLRI

For over 10 years, the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (Ontario CLRI) have been working together to enhance the quality of life and care for residents across the province. The Ontario CLRI does this by building capacity through training, education, innovation, and knowledge mobilization with the aim of improving the health and well-being of people who live and work in long-term care (LTC). The Ontario CLRI Program leverages the expertise and activities of its host centres, Baycrest Academy for Research and Education (Baycrest), Bruyère Research Institute (Bruyère), and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) to develop and deliver tailored solutions to sector-driven priorities. Learn more at clri-ltc.ca.

About the RIA

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and care for older adults. The RIA tackles some of the biggest issues facing an aging population by integrating research, education, and practice. The RIA develops solutions that make a difference to benefit older adults everywhere. Learn more at the-ria.ca.

Media Contact 

Noel Gruber
Director, Communications and Public Relations
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
noel.gruber@the-ria.ca

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