Ongoing Research Projects


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

During the pandemic, long-term care homes have implemented a range of measures, such as reduced levels of visitation and staffing, and a ban on behaviours such as hugging and shaking hands. The study examines whether these measures impact short and anticipated long-term emotional and psychosocial well-being (e.g. distress, responsive behaviours, loneliness). The study also aims to: increase understanding of the safety, efficacy, effectiveness and ethics of the response to COVID-19 in the LTC setting; and to engage stakeholders in generating solutions and recommendations to improve the current situation and to better prepare for future outbreaks and pandemics. Participants will share their experiences through interviews and questionnaires.

2)         Aging, Technology and Experience of Home

Seniors 65 and older are asked to test out a new device (a tablet that is similar to an iPad) and determine how well the tablet works for them. The tablet has many features, including a digital clock, weather, music, news, reminders, activity and sleep tracking and helps people connect with family and friends. Participants will be asked to share their experience in two interviews before and after using the tablet for two months. Participants will be taught how to use the tablet. The tablets are provided free of charge for the duration of the project.

3)         Verification of Fit of N95 and SN95 Masks Post-Decontamination

The study is assessing the impact of a single cycle of various decontamination methods on the fit of N95 and SN95 masks. The decontaminations methods are: Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI); Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide (VHP); and Clean Flow Mini, a device approved by Health Canada that uses a combination of UVGI, hydrogen peroxide and ozone. The fit of N95 masks decontaminated using the first two methods will be assessed at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, while the fit of N95 masks decontaminated using the Clean Flow Mini will take place at The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre with staff volunteers.

4)         Linking Lives Through Care

Caregivers of persons with dementia are given the opportunity to reflect and share stories about their past and present 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.

5)         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.

6)         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.

7)         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 us 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.

8)         Social Enterprise

Open Collaboration for Cognitive Accessibility is looking for testers for an application called Top of Mind (TOM™) which can be used for reminders for appointments and medication usage. Testers will use the app for 2 weeks and share their experience with the technology developer. Testers will be persons who live with a cognitive disability and one of their caregivers. Both participants will be compensated $330 each and will be asked to use the app for 2 weeks and participate in online meeting over the course of the 2 weeks.

9)         Social Restriction Experiences of People with Disability in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The study explores the unique perspectives and experiences of individuals (18 years of age and over) who self-identify as having a disability (relating to movement, vision, hearing, mobility, movement, mental health, or other). Participants will be asked to participate in one 40-60-minute one-on-one interview over the phone or Zoom, depending on their preference. The results from the study will determine the participants’ feelings regarding the social restriction measures in place and learn about how they are managing the evolving changes.

10)       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$.

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. 3323

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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