"Keeping the Light Shining" - Capstone Conference held at Vandusen's Floral Hall

May 11, 2018 | News

Supportive PHC Leadership and guest presenter David Kuhl (far left).Supportive PHC Leadership and guest presenter David Kuhl (far left).

On May 4th, 2018, the residential long term care interdisciplinary research team (Rodney, Chan, Leclerc, Bernard, Pott, Song, Puyat) presented their findings and recommendations to 80 attendees, following their one-year PHC/UBC joint study funded by the Research Division of WorkSafeBC.

This team had embarked on a program of research to alleviate and prevent workplace stress related to resident deaths for residential care staff and physicians across all PHC residential care sites. The overall goal of this second phase of research was to foster ethical and effective end-of-life care for residents and their families while simultaneously supporting the well-being of care teams.

Team members with research funder: WorkSafeBC's Deepani Weerapura (fourth from the left) from the Research Division.

Qualitative individual interviews and focus groups with staff across all 5 residential care sites were used to generate data. The capstone event as well as ongoing care team and administrative meetings will continue to be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the study.

The event also included a presentation by Dr. David Kuhl on the importance of empathy, identifying values, common goals and skilled communication.

Attendees at the Keeping the Light conference.

Attendees were given a tote bag with self-care items such as a tea, chocolate, a candle in holder and a bath bomb to take home with them. Recommendations from the research group included help with targeting the self, teams, organization and higher learning agencies.

Annes Song with self-care tote bags for attendees.

A final report will be prepared soon and posted on the residential long-term care Team Support page.

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