Durham College receives more than $46,000 in funding from SIM-one

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Durham College receives more than $46,000 in funding from SIM-one
May 09, 2013

Durham College announced on May 2 that it has received more than $46,000 in funding from the SIM-one Ontario Simulation Network. The funding is being used to purchase simulation equipment for use by students in the college’s Personal Support Worker (PSW) program during their practicum rotations to further enhance their training.

The equipment, which will be housed at Learning Lab 2 located at the Whitby campus, will enable the college to provide students with unique opportunities to gain the necessary knowledge and skills required to provide safe and competent care to seniors in a home environment.

Learning Lab 2, a 1940s era house that was originally moved to the Whitby campus from Oshawa in January 2011 for use by students in the college’s renewable energy programs, will be used as a senior’s Living and Learning Home by PSW students. As a realistic depiction of the current living environments of many seniors including low ceilings, narrow hallways and smaller room sizes, it will feature a kitchen, living area, bedroom and bathroom equipped with low- and high-fidelity simulation equipment. Students will have the opportunity to apply skills related to the activities/daily living of seniors within their own home with a focus on restorative care aimed at increasing their overall quality of life.

“Durham College is committed to actively planning for the future education of our PSW students with regard to aging Ontarians," said Judy Robinson, vice-president, Academic. “As the PSW role evolves and fluctuates to meet the challenges of providing support to the aging population, we are dedicated to improving the ‘lived-experience’ focus of our curriculum. This includes offering a unique and innovative learning environment focused on both acute and home care. We are very grateful to SIM-one for its wonderful support of our students and commitment to helping us enhance the skills of our PSW students through education, research, evaluation and innovation.”

Designed to offer students a case-based learning experience, the equipment will immerse them into the home and life of a senior while helping them develop skills to meet the demanding challenges that face the future of healthcare in Ontario (e.g. experiential learning related to dementia care and other neurological disorders such as strokes and mobility issues).