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Office Number: 519-432-2648 ext. 2319

E-mail: research@mccormickcare.ca

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London, ON N6K 0A8

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Contact Information

Office Number: 519-432-2648 ext. 2319

Email: research@mccormickcare.ca

Our Office Address

2022 Kains Road

London, ON N6K 0A8

We offer a unique opportunity for learning and discovery where innovations can be introduced and tested in community-based and long-term care settings.

We Offer:

  • Adult day program and long-term care sites for recruitment of research participants and their care partners
  • Specialized services for persons with other dementias
  • Established care partner education programs and support groups
  • Strong family involvement and support
  • Knowledgeable, multidisciplinary staff
  • An experienced and engaged leadership team that actively participates on local and regional planning initiatives
  • Established links with research and education partners, including Western University, King’s University College, Fanshawe College, and Baycrest Health Services


Educational Partnerships

We recognize the importance of education in continually improving the model of dementia care and are pleased to partner with educational institutions for learning enhancement, training and internship opportunities.

We invite you to review the following examples of some of our most recent educational partnerships:

Enhanced Care Partner Education Pilot Study

In our continuing goal to develop a best practice model of dementia care, McCormick Dementia Services is partnering with Western University and Behavioural Supports Ontario to conduct a pilot project for an enhanced education series for care partner of people with dementia. With the support of the McCormick Care Foundation, the FACET project — Family Care Partner Education and Training – involves studying the interaction between care partners and simulated dementia patients to discover new ways to engage in meaningful activity and to minimize or redirect agitated behaviours.

Post-Graduate Studies/Certificate in Personal Support Work

A post-graduate learning opportunity for students of Fanshawe College’s Personal Support Worker program is being developed by McCormick Dementia Services, Fanshawe CollegeWestern University and the London Health Sciences Centre’s Behavioural Supports Ontario program. Specializing in dementia care, the program involves students learning from and interacting with simulated dementia patients as well as experiencing a day program student placement opportunity.

Service Learning with King’s University College

A service learning experience provides students of the Masters in Social Work program at King’s University College with an opportunity to connect with early stage dementia clients in the McCormick Day Program. Students benefit from the personal interaction and debriefing opportunities that help shed some light on the experiences and specific care needs of this population.

Some of our educational partners include:

Western University

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Health Studies
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Social Work at King’s University College
  • Faculty of Information and Media Studies

Fanshawe College

  • School of Nursing
    • Collaborative Nursing
    • Personal Service Workers
  • School of Community Studies
    • Recreation and Leisure Studies
    • Gerontology Interprofessional Practice
  • School of Design
  • School of Information Technology

Hospitals

  • London Health Sciences Centre
  • St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre
  • Parkwood Institute

Other Organizations

  • Baycrest Health Sciences
  • Brain Canada
  • Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging

For more information on how your educational program can become involved with McCormick Home, McCormick Dementia Services or McCormick Dementia Research, please contact research@mccormickcare.ca.

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.

Agitation and Aggression – Predicting responsive behaviours through technology

Amer Burhan, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Western University 2015 – 2016 Background This project…

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

Amer Burhan, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Western University 2019 – ongoing There is a…

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

Julie Casey and Rick Csiernik, School of Social Work, King’s University College 2016 –…

Be EPIC-VR (A Virtual Reality Version of Be-EPIC)

Dr. Marie Savundranayagam, School of Health Studies, Western University Be-EPIC-VR is a new study…

Benefits of Exercise in Dementia Care

January 15, 2013 Susan Muir, Western University Description: A post-doctoral fellow from Western University…

Care Partner Training – Be EPIC – Enhanced PSW dementia training

Marie Savundranayagam, School of Health Studies, Western University 2016 – ongoing Background This study…

Care Partner Training – FaCET – Family care partner training

Marie Savundranayagam, School of Health Studies, Western University 2014 – 2018 Background While family…

Dementia and Palliative Care

December 16, 2013 Emily Hill, Western University Description: A student from Western University’s Faculty…

Dementia Competency Framework

Ontario Tech University, Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario, Toronto Metropolitan University, University of Toronto, and…

Environmental enhancements in dementia care facilities

Iris Gutmanis, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Western University and Steve Crawford, McCormick Care…

Evaluating the quality of adult day programs

Baycrest Health Sciences and McCormick Dementia Services 2014 – 2017 Background This collaboration began…

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

Dr. Susan Hunter, School of Physical Therapy, Western University 2019 – ongoing Background and…

Falls Prevention – Impacts of mobility aids on people with dementia

Dr. Susan Hunter, School of Physical Therapy, Western University 2017 – ongoing Background and…

How Dementia Care Knowledge is Shared Among Care Partners

March 19, 2012 Ryan DeForge, PhD, Western University Description: A student from Western University’s…

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

Julie Casey and Rick Csiernik, School of Social Work, King’s University College 2016 –…

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

Natalie Rowe, Fanshawe College and Steve Crawford, McCormick Care Group 2018 – 2019 Background…

Oral Health in Long-term Care Homes: A Quality Improvement Project

January 2, 2014 Jacqueline Borrie, Lawson Health Research Institute Description: A dental hygienist and…

Perspectives on moving to long-term care

J.B. Orange and Jessica Young, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Western University 2019…

Related Impacts to Dementia Care

October 15, 2013 Natalie Cooper, University of Manitoba Description: A student from University of…

Research Study on Workplace Infection Prevention in Long-Term Care

Chantal Trudel, Associate Professor, School of Industrial Design, Carleton University July 2021-December 2021 Background…

Social Relationships in Long-Term Care

December 16, 2013 Katherine Boughton, Brescia University College Description: A student from Brescia University…

Therapeutic Gardening – Phase 1

Jodi Hall, Fanshawe College and McCormick Dementia Services 2014 – 2018 Background This mixed-methods…

Therapeutic Gardening – Phase 2

Tracy Smith-Carrier and Laura Beres, School of Social Work, King’s University College, and McCormick…

Using PhotoVoice as a way for people with dementia to communicate

Dawn Smale and Helen Jevnikar, McCormick Dementia Services 2016 – 2017 Background PhotoVoice is…

Understanding grief and loss in caring for older adults

Peter Donahue, Director, School of Social Work, King’s University College Oct 2018 – ongoing…

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

J.B. Orange and Kelsey Dynes, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Western University 2017…

Virtual Presence for Social Connectedness in Long-term Care

Dr. Anna Garnett, School of Nursing, Western University June 2023 – ongoing During COVID-19,…

Strategic Research Plan Summary

The McCormick Care Group is committed to advancing dementia care through the programs and services delivered at McCormick Home, a long-term care home; McCormick Dementia Services, an adult day program that is committed to enhancing quality of life for people with dementia and their care partners; and McCormick Dementia Research, its research program.

McCormick Dementia Research seeks to provide leadership in advancing dementia care through research partnerships and collaborations. The purpose of this research plan is to provide direction, to focus efforts on achieving the strategic research goals and initiatives identified, and to progress from funding and participating in research projects to implementing evidenced-informed care.

McCormick Dementia Research embraces the vision, mission, and values of the McCormick Care Group.

Vision

We create a caring community in which our clients, residents, family members, and care partners – especially those living with dementia – feel a sense of safety, belonging, and purpose.

Mission

We champion care that enables people with dementia to lead meaningful lives. We strategically invest in innovative programs, staff development, knowledge sharing, best-practice applications, and research projects that focus on improving care.

Guiding Principles

  • Compassion – We listen to understand the hopes and needs of those we serve, and do our best to respond. We treat each other with kindness and dignity.
  • Accountability – We earn the trust of those we serve, our teams and our partners by honouring our commitments. We carefully and responsibly manage our resources.
  • Respect – We value diverse cultures and perspectives. We communicate honestly and politely. We nurture relationships with our clients, residents, and families, and advocate passionately on their behalf.
  • Excellence – We bring our best to work every day and lead by example. We use current research evidence and best practice guidelines to continuously improve the care we provide. We celebrate our successes.
  • Collaboration – We strengthen our teams, learn from each other, and contribute to enhancing the health care system through respectful cooperation, knowledge sharing, and mutually beneficial partnerships.

About McCormick Dementia Research

McCormick Dementia Research is committed to conducting, supporting, sharing and engaging in research activity that enhances the lives of people living with dementia and their care partners.

Based in London, Ontario, and founded by the McCormick Care Group (formerly the Women’s Christian Association), McCormick Dementia Research was developed to formalize the organization’s research interests, which began in the early 2000’s. Over this time, the McCormick Care Group has participated in several research projects with organizations including Western UniversityFanshawe CollegeLawson Health Research Institute and Baycrest Health Services. All of these projects have been focused on improving how we care for people with dementia and how we can help them and their care partners achieve an enhanced quality of life.

McCormick Dementia Research

McCormick Dementia Research provides advanced dementia care through thoughtful and strategic research partnerships and collaborations. We strive to create an environment where knowledge transfer is a priority, meaning others can learn and improve quality of care as a result of our findings. We are committed to creating partnerships and fostering an environment of collaboration both internally and externally.

McCormick Dementia Research is the latest community care service founded on a legacy of care established by the McCormick Care Group (formerly the Women’s Christian Association), which began in 1874. Beginning with setting up a soup kitchen in London’s Market Square, over the years these pioneering women established many community services for the sick, homeless, elderly, and orphaned. Many of these outreach organizations continue to provide care in the London community today, including McCormick Home, McCormick Dementia Services (formerly Alzheimer Outreach Services), Parkwood Institute and Wellspring London and Region.

Today, McCormick Care Group continues to oversee the operation of McCormick Home, a long-term care home for seniors, and McCormick Dementia Services, Ontario’s largest adult day program serving individuals and their families who are living with dementia. McCormick Care Group is also proud to have founded a research division, McCormick Dementia Research, in our continuing quest to research ways to enhance the quality of life for those facing a dementia diagnosis.

McCormick Dementia Research shares the core values of McCormick Care Group, its founding organization: Compassion, Accountability, Collaboration, Respect and Excellence. Our work involves enhancing our ability to partner with other organizations on our journey to learn more about how to improve the quality of life for those facing a dementia diagnosis and their care partners.

Research, Education and Learning Interests

Responsive behaviours that develop as a result of dementia often lead to an increased investment in caring for the individual. When behaviours cannot be managed safely at home and/or in the community, long-term care is often the recommended solution. Responsive behaviours are sometimes barriers to access to long-term care and individuals remaining in the community are often left to seek help through emergency departments. If individuals are able to access long-term care and responsive behaviours continue, pharmacological interventions are used and, in some cases, individuals are transferred to other care settings. All these interventions come at increased costs to the health care system and may have detrimental impacts on the individual.

Strategies for managing responsive behaviours are used currently in the McCormick Day Program as well as in Memory Lane, our dementia care unit at McCormick Home. We need to understand what strategies work best and develop evidence-based models of care that can be applied across the continuum of care that we offer.

In particular, we are interested in answering the following questions:

  • What are the current interventions used in the McCormick Day Program and within the Memory Lane unit at McCormick Home and what indicators would be useful in tracking the success of these interventions?
  • What interventions are leading to improved results with the identified indicators?
  • How can we develop pilot projects to test the validity of alternative interventions in our current model of care?
  • How can we test and evaluate the results of these pilot projects?
  • How do we implement evidence-based care across the continuum of care?

For more information, please contact us.