Ongoing Research Projects

April 2021

Ongoing Research Projects

The Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care provides residents, tenants, families, caregivers and staff the opportunity to become involved in a variety of innovative projects and initiatives. This creates opportunities to engage in meaningful social and recreational activities such as learning a new skill, sharing experiences, and providing input on various issues. Participation also helps contribute to knowledge that can help improve care.

All projects follow public health measures related to COVID-19 and the policies set out by Perley Rideau.

Below is a list of ongoing projects that the Centre of Excellence is involved with, many of which are seeking participants:

1) COVID-19 Immunity Study

This study involves residents, staff, students and volunteers in long-term care homes across Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. The aim of this project is to gain a better understanding of COVID-19 prevalence in LTC homes across Canada and to examine the level and duration of protection COVID-19 vaccines. Participants will be asked to complete an online baseline survey (15 minutes) and provide blood spot samples collected at several time points over the next 12 months. Participants can access their antibody results through a secure web-based portal. Also, participating LTC homes will be given the aggregate data which will provide valuable information about a home’s overall level of immunity and potential level of risk.

2) Psychosocial Impacts of Reducing Non-Essential Visitors in Long-Term Care in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic (Modified Version)

This study aims to gain a better understanding of the emotional well-being (e.g. psychological distress, loneliness) of family/friend caregivers, volunteers, and older adults living in LTC. This study involves one interview, which can be conducted over the phone or online, which will last 45 to 60 minutes. During this interview, you will be asked about the unique challenges faced as a result of reduced staffing/volunteer levels, new initiatives put in place as a result of COVID-19 including success stories, and solutions for dealing with future pandemics and outbreaks.

3) Linking Lives Through Care

Caregivers currently providing care for persons with dementia are given the opportunity to reflect and share stories about their caring relationship. Caregivers will be asked to include sentimental objects in the conversation that will assist in their ability to recall important events in their storytelling. Participants will be asked to share their experience in two 60-minute online interviews.

4) Social Inclusion of People Living with Dementia and Their Caregivers Using an Intergenerational Program

Older adults (long-term care residents and tenants) living with dementia can receive friendly one-on-one virtual visits from university student volunteers, providing them with an opportunity to engage in social and recreational activities and meaningful conversations. A staff member will be available (if needed) to facilitate virtual visits using a tablet. The caregiver of the person living with dementia will be asked to complete a 20- minute questionnaire on 4 occasions.

5) Program to Accelerate Technologies of Home (PATH)

The goal of the project is to test various home-based technologies for older adults across a large number of users and share this data with researchers in order to rapidly test and validate the technology and potentially commercialize the product. These can be home-based sensors or health-related sensors and devices (blood pressure monitors, home health solutions such as pressure sensitive mats to track sleep patterns or wearable, fall detection, etc.) to keep people safe and connected. The project involves working with researchers and industry to co-create projects that help us address our own unique challenges. We will be seeking older adults (long-term care residents and tenants) to participate in various research projects in the near future.

6) Health Surveillance of Community-Dwelling, Person-with-Dementia and Caregiver Dyads

The project will provide valuable information about individuals living with dementia and their caregivers over an extended period of time. This information will be used to better understand the trajectories of individuals living with dementia and caregivers throughout the dementia journey and make sure their needs are better met by the health system, policies, and programs in Canada. This will ultimately allow researchers to examine the trajectories of the dyads (from when they are diagnosed with dementia to when they move to long-term care) and better identify the needs of caregivers and persons living with dementia across the dementia journey.

7) Social Enterprise

Open Collaboration for Cognitive Accessibility ( is looking for testers for the Amazon smart speaker Echo Dot which uses an application (Alexa) to make calls, send and receive messages, set reminders, read news and control home devices. Testers will be persons who live with a cognitive disability. Testers will be asked to use the Echo Dot for 2 weeks and share their experience with the technology developer during 4 online meetings. Testers will be compensated $240 and will be able to keep the Echo Dot after the test period.

8) Comparaison des performances au Montréal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) en anglais et en français chez les personnes bilingues ayant le français comme langue maternelle (*Please note this project is only available to French-speaking individuals)

Nous recherchons des volontaires de 40 ans et plus, ayant le français comme langue maternelle et une connaissance de l’anglais allant de minimale à très bonne, pour participer à une étude comparant les performances à un test cognitif en anglais et en français chez les personnes bilingues. En tant que participant à cette étude, il vous serait demandé de : Répondre à un questionnaire en ligne, puis de passer un test de bilinguisme et un test cognitif en français et en anglais par vidéoconférence. Votre participation est entièrement volontaire et prendrait environ 50 minutes de votre temps.  En participant à cette étude, vous nous aiderez à aider les personnes bilingues à mieux saisir dans quelles langues elles doivent demander des services. Afin de vous remercier pour votre contribution à ce projet de recherche, vous pourrez entrer votre nom dans un tirage pour gagner une carte-cadeau d’une valeur de 50$.

9) COVID-19, Precarity and the Counternarratives of PSWs: Photovoice and Change

PSWs will be asked in a group or individual virtual interview about some of their work experiences as a PSW relate to how their work feels essential but precarious and unseen and how different policies and systems shape these work experiences. The PSWs will individually create photovoice images based on their reflections about what has been discussed in the group. The images can be used to share knowledge about PSW’s experiences while protecting anonymity of the image creators.  A $50 remuneration will be offered to participating PSWs.

10) Moral Injury in Long-Term Care Staff during COVID-19 Pandemic: Assessment & Intervention

The aim of this project is to better understand the experiences of moral injury in frontline LTC staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will be asked to complete 1) two questionnaires, 2) share their experience working in LTC during the COVID-19 pandemic in an interview with a researcher and 3) wear a heart rate monitor for a two-week period while at work. Eligible participants will receive two $25 E-gift cards for completing the questionnaire and interview and a Fitbit watch for completing the heart rate monitoring.

11) Health Information Technology and Senior Care: Seniors and Nurses’ Perspective of Technology Adoption

Health information technology presents opportunities for healthcare providers to support senior healthcare needs. The behavioural change, among users contributes to the success of technology adoption and the use of these technologies. For this study, the role of health information technology in supporting care that nurses use to provide to older adults will be explored. Nurses will be asked to participate in a 3-round Delphi study. The results of the Delphi study will be incorporated into a quantitative survey assessing the perspective of nurses at Perley Rideau in order to get their opinion about the role and type of technologies they believe would support their delivery of care to older adults during a pandemic such as COVID-19.

Contact Information

If you have questions about The Centre of Excellence or a particular project, please contact:

Nikita Rayne

  • Research Coordinator, Centre of Excellence
  • The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre
  • 1750 Russell Road, Ottawa ON K1G 5Z6
  • Office: 613-526-7170 ext. 2232

Danielle Sinden

  • Director, Centre of Excellence and Research Operations
  • The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre
  • 1750 Russell Road, Ottawa ON K1G 5Z6
  • Office: 613-526-7170 ext. 2424

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