Hamilton college bringing long-term care program to Burlington retirement home


Published January 12, 2023 at 3:40 pm

An innovative training program will see a Living Classroom built in a Burlington long-term care home for Mohawk College students.

The satellite campus will house students from the Hamilton college at The Village of Tansley Woods retirement and long-term care home in Burlington.

The new Living Classroom replicates the successful teaching model that Mohawk College has operated with Schlegel Villages at The Village of Wentworth Heights in Hamilton.

By constructing a training centre in the residence, Schlegel Villages and Mohawk College are providing students the opportunity to learn and gain practical experience as they provide supervised care for the Village’s residents.

“This new training centre offers a great example of how strong, innovative collaboration can benefit the whole community,” said Paul Armstrong, Chief Operating Officer, Mohawk College.

“Mohawk College is proud to extend its partnership with Schlegel Villages to provide students with an exceptional training facility and unique experiential learning opportunities in their fields of study. Based on the success we have experienced with the Wentworth Heights Living Classroom, we are confident this training approach will provide students in Burlington with a proven pathway to fulfilling careers in community care.”

The Living Classroom at The Village of Tansley Woods will become the home training location for students who choose to study there for the personal support worker (PSW) and occupational therapy assistant and physiotherapy assistant (OTA/PTA) programs.

Students will spend their entire program at the residence as they prepare for their careers. The Living Classroom includes classroom space, a skills lab, faculty offices, a student lounge and a mock apartment identical to those at the long-term care home.

The Living Classroom at Tansley Woods will be open in September and accommodate 24 OTA/PTA students and 24 PSW students.

“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Mohawk College with the new Living Classroom at Tansley Woods, because we know this type of experiential learning creates exceptional caregivers,” said James Schlegel, president and CEO, Schlegel Villages.

“When we combine the hands-on experience students gain alongside our team members and the lived experience they learn from our residents, graduates begin their careers with a true understanding of what relationship-centred support looks like.”

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