The Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care is located at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario.
In 2012, Conestoga was awarded $800,000 over five years under the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to establish the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC) in Seniors Care. This funding was augmented through the generous support of Schlegel Villages.
In 2017, the CIHR/IRCC in Seniors Care was renewed for an additional five years, and was awarded $2,185,000. Additional financial support was provided by Essity, PointClickCare, and Health eTraining International.
The CIHR/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Seniors Care, Veronique Boscart is leading an applied research and development agenda focused on the urgent need for innovation in post-secondary education and care services for seniors.
Under the leadership of the research chair, the Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care is committed to:
- Developing and disseminating knowledge in order to enhance education, training and research to improve quality of life and care of seniors.
- Supporting Conestoga and Schlegel Villages’ efforts to improve graduate workforce development to better meet the needs of our aging population.
- Leading and supporting applied research activities and increasing care and research capacity in the field of gerontology through the development of faculty, researchers, students and health care professionals.
Leading Change in our Community
The Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care works in collaboration with researchers, health care professionals and the community to develop innovative education, improve workforce development and strengthen care practices in order to support care for seniors and their families across Canada.
- Enhance collaboration across organizations and industry to promote partnership between seniors, their families, health care professionals, students, educators, researchers and other stakeholders, to promote care for seniors.
- Enable education, care practices and system change through promotion of evidence-informed practices for quality improvement, productivity and sustainability.
- Establish a national knowledge mobilization network to support workforce development in seniors care.
- Strategically collaborate with community and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to strengthen education, training and research to enhance care and well-being of seniors.
- Support students and graduates to meet the needs of an aging population.
- Establish an innovative, applied education and research program with a focus on improving care practices and models.
- Develop faculty, researchers, students, and health care professionals in gerontology with a range of clinical and practice expertise.
- Mentor health care professionals to gain new insights and demonstrate leadership through innovation and education.
- Conduct applied research projects designed to improve care practices and models, develop and evaluate products for seniors care, and demonstrate the impact of innovation in education and training on workforce development for seniors care.
- Collaborate in research, education and training to lead new advances in research-informed training and practice.
- Enable faculty, staff, students and practice partners to share current and new practices and resources to enhance seniors care and living.