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Research Activity

Research Activity

As part of the McCormick Care Group’s goal to advance dementia care, exploring new ways to provide care and support is an integral aspect of this effort. This exploration involves collaborating in research activity and working with our community partners to discover how we can enhance the lives of those in our care.

 

Falls Prevention – Evaluation scale for safe use of mobility aids in people with dementia

A new assessment scale is being developed to evaluate the safe use of walkers in people with dementia and put into a sequential order the actions that make use of the aid safe…

Falls Prevention – Impacts of mobility aids on people with dementia

People who have dementia have more problems with their balance and walking than people who do not. Mobility aids are commonly prescribed to improve a person’s walking but they may or may not be helpful. The results of this study will be used to determine if mobility aids help or hinder persons with dementia…

Caregiver Training – FaCET – Family caregiver training

Understanding the goals of family caregivers is critical to developing and delivering effective support services. This study investigates goals expressed by family caregivers prior to an education and training program, and whether these goals varied across phases of the caregiving career…

Caregiver Training – Be EPIC – Enhanced PSW dementia training

This study assesses a person-centered training program for personal support workers (PSWs) who care for clients with dementia. Be EPIC focuses on the [E]nvironment, using [P]erson-centered communication, focusing on client relationships ([I] matter too), and incorporating the [C]lient’s abilities, life history and preferences during routine care…

Interior Design – Optimizing the design of living spaces for people with dementia

This study looks at how to improve the quality of the living environment for people with dementia and their caregivers…

Understanding grief and loss in caring for older adults

This study seeks to find out how to better support staff who work with people with chronic illness or who are at the end of life, and how to better respond to staff who are grieving the death or loss of someone in their care…

Agitation and Aggression – Predicting responsive behaviours through technology

This project focuses on how the physical movements of people with dementia may assist in predicting the onset of agitated behavioural responses, thereby enabling caregivers to proactively redirect or mitigate such behaviours…

Agitation and Aggression – Standardizing care for neuropsychiatric symptoms and quality of life in people with dementia

There is a wide variation in how agitation and aggression are treated in patients with dementia, and there is often a problem of polypharmacy. This study reviews an integrated care pathway for managing agitation and aggression beyond standard care practices…

Therapeutic Gardening – Phase 1

This mixed-methods study assesses participant engagement in a horticultural recreation program compared to more traditional day program activities…

Therapeutic Gardening – Phase 2

This study explores the therapeutic gardening experiences of persons with dementia and their perspectives on the senses and emotions elicited in the gardening process that may contribute to improvements in mood and enhanced wellbeing…

Using tablet technology to enhance conversations between people with dementia and their family caregivers

This study looks at how to preserve relationships between people who have dementia and those who do not by connecting them in a shared conversational experience involving the accessing and sharing of family photos using tablet technology…

Perspectives on moving to long-term care

This study explores the experience of moving to long-term care from the perspectives of the new resident and their family caregiver…

Animal-assisted therapy and managing responsive behaviours in people with dementia

This study evaluates the impacts of animals on people with dementia in mitigating responsive behaviours…

Impacts on staff of caring for people with dementia who have participated in animal-assisted therapy

This study looks at the impact on staff of their experience of caring for participants in the animal-assisted research project…

Environmental enhancements in dementia care facilities

This project reviews McCormick Home’s overseeing of the administration of funds allocated by the Southwest Local Health Integration Network toward environmental or structural enhancements to improve dementia care in participating long-term care homes…

Using PhotoVoice as a way for people with dementia to communicate

PhotoVoice – where a socially marginalized group tells their story through photography – is introduced to members of the early stage dementia support group at McCormick Dementia Services…

Evaluating the quality of adult day programs

This collaborative study with Baycrest Health Sciences explores the benefits of adult day programs and their impacts on the psychosocial wellbeing of participants…


We welcome any inquiries into our research activities. Please feel free to contact CEO Steve Crawford at scrawford@mccormickcare.ca or 519-432-2648 ext. 2319 for more information.