GWL219 - The Retirement Home Industry - Overview and Skills

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Subject Title
The Retirement Home Industry - Overview and Skills

Subject Description
This subject introduces students to the Retirement Home Industry as part of the range of housing options for seniors. It examines how Retirement Homes promote theories of independent living, aging in community, and active living. The course also analyses the professionalization of the industry over the past decade through the establishment of industry associations, standards of practice, accreditation, and monitoring regulations.  Special attention will address the COVID-19 pandemic impact on residents living in retirement homes in Ontario and the changes in the regulations and legislation. Students will learn about the most recent and relevant legislation and standards of practice, universal design for barrier free access, typical programs and services offered, marketing and promotion, and the resources needed for operation. Students will also examine common issues and challenges for this sector particularly SES constraints, the trend towards Re-Activation Units, pandemic quarantine issues, ageism, and death rates during pandemics. This course will be delivered asynchronously except during dates of final project presentations.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Conduct research on a range of housing options for older adults using relevant theories and models including; independent living, active living, reactivation units, universal design. This will be presented online to their peers in pairs or small groups and evaluated through quizzes.
  2. Examine the role and scope that “major players” occupy in the retirement sector and identify the recent COVID pandemic responses by the industry by presenting current for-profit and not-for-profit options on the market and their rates of COVID infection control to their peers online.
  3. Apply a basic understanding of the growth and professionalization of the retirement home industry in Ontario linking the newest most relevant legislation that regulates the industry including pandemic response legislation. There are two tests to evaluate for these items.
  4. Assess for both the common and unique profile needs of older adults considering retirement home living using common industry and field assessment tools and calculating for affordability under the new COVID pandemic requirements.
  5. Demonstrate a clear understanding of standards of practice, ethical guidelines, and professional associations related to the retirement home industry through case studies and online discussion boards
  6. Develop skills in calculating the costs of human resources, capital and operational costs, venture capitalist investments, and additional resources needed to develop and operate a retirement home within the RHRA, AODA, COVID Pandemic and ORCA standards using Universal Access Design and Technology.  Students will present virtual retirement home proposals online in groups.
  7. Identified typical programs and services available in a retirement home setting in a presentation of a mock retirement home model online in groups.
  8. Apply contemporary older adult theories and basic techniques used for marketing, recruitment, and retention used in the retirement home industry and NPO organizations by creating a “unique” retirement home model to service an identified cohort of seniors.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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