Media releases

  • Brock research to examine location technology monitoring long-term care residents

    MEDIA RELEASE: 27 September 2022 – R0110

    Locating someone who lives in a long-term care facility can be challenging. Residents may not always be in their room when a family member comes to visit or when it’s time to take medication.

    It’s now possible for staff to remotely monitor movements and location through a bracelet residents wear on their wrist. But is this indoor locating technology the best way to handle this situation, from the standpoint of the wearer?

    Alisa Grigorovich aims to find out. AMS Healthcare has awarded the Assistant Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies in Brock University’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences a fellowship to explore the perspectives of the individuals who are wearing these bracelets and their care partners.

    “We will find out from them what they see as the benefits and drawbacks of this type of system, as well as its impact on their everyday life and relationships,” says Grigorovich, a social gerontologist who studies the use of technologies in aged care.

    “We will also ask them for suggestions for improving how these kinds of systems are rolled out and used in line with their preferences and values.”

    Grigorovich plans to interview 20 residents and 20 caregivers at one long-term care home in southern Ontario. Her goal is to gain a clear understanding of people’s experiences with the technology, along with its impacts and the values that underlie decisions to either adopt or refuse the system.

    “Dr. Grigorovich’s important work looks at the required tools and technology to improve quality of care in long-term care homes and how they enhance compassionate care,” says Jocelyn Bennett, Director of Programs at AMS Healthcare. “The combination of the two is the critical piece.”

    Grigorovich says real-time location systems have been used in hospitals and other institutions primarily to monitor the location of items such as expensive hospital equipment.

    She says this is a pivotal time to conduct this research, as long-term care facilities are deciding individually whether or not to implement real-time location systems in their institutions.

    “There’s a lot of hope and ideas about what these technologies potentially could help with in long-term care, but there’s been very little research to demonstrate their actual impacts,” says Grigorovich.

    Besides saving time and inefficiency in physically locating residents, real-time location systems can also be used to develop clinical tools to assess someone’s physical and mental health by measuring the amount and distance they move across space and time, how frequently they interact with other individuals or the environment, or to alert staff if they’re in a location that could be potentially unsafe, she says.

    However, electronic surveillance of older adults also raises important ethical concerns, including what information should be collected and if it can be used in ways that balance older adults’ rights to freedom and independence with the duty of care, says Grigorovich.

    Concerns include an invasion of privacy, unfair restrictions on activities and movements, and negative impact on care relationships, she says.

    Grigorovich is one of 13 researchers from mostly health-care institutions to be named a 2022 Research Fellow in Compassion and Artificial Intelligence, which focuses on promoting the integration of digital technology and compassionate care in the delivery of health-care services, education of health professionals and leadership in the field.

    AMS Healthcare is a charitable organization that works to advance a Canadian health-care system through innovation and technology while remaining rooted in compassion and medical history.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

    * Doug Hunt, Communications and Media Relations Specialist, Brock University or 905-941-6209

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  • Badgers celebrate return of Steel Blade with win over Gryphons

    MEDIA RELEASE: 23 September 2022 – R0109

    The Brock men’s hockey team made a triumphant return to downtown St. Catharines on Friday, Sept. 23.

    The Badgers defeated the Guelph Gryphons 6-2 to capture the 22nd Steel Blade Classic in front of 3,500 fans at the Meridian Centre. The win marked the first Steel Blade game since 2019.

    The crowd was brought to its feet midway through the first frame when defenceman Jake Cella opened the scoring with a laser beam shot from the blue line.

    Cella said his first Steel Blade experience didn’t disappoint.

    “I closed my eyes, said a prayer, looked up and the puck was in the net. It was an out-of-body experience,” said Cella, a second-year Business student from Woodbridge. “Scoring a goal in my first Steel Blade game was the best feeling I’ve ever felt. I don’t know how to describe it.”

    Christian Girhiny, Christophe Cote, Jordan Stock, Jacob Roach and Frankie Pucci each added a goal for the Badgers.

    For Guelph, Luke Kutkevicius broke Brock goalie Mario Peccia’s bid for a shutout in the second period.

    The Badgers outshot the Gryphons 37-23, which included a 19-5 second period flurry by the Badgers’ offence.

    “I knew coming in it was a special event, but it hit home when I stood out on the bench and felt the energy of the crowd,” said head coach T.J. Manastersky. “The Steel Blade event is a lot bigger than our team. It’s a part of the University, the Niagara region and the historical significance of the sword. It’s all bigger than us.”

    In its 17-year history, the Badgers have raised the Steel Blade trophy — a sword carried by sergeants of the Upper Canada Artillery Units and Royal Artillery during the War of 1812 — 12 times, including six consecutive years.

    Brock’s exhibition record is now 2-1-0. The Steel Blade Classic was Guelph’s first game of the season.

    “Win or lose, this game is always exciting. That’s the beauty of this game. The competition between our schools goes back a long time, especially at the Steel Blade Classic,” said Guelph head coach Shawn Camp. “The event has grown into a great deal of importance for Brock, but also our team as well. We’re thankful to be involved in a top-shelf production like Steel Blade. It gives our players a real taste of what OUA hockey can be.”

    During the event, Melissa Krist, Executive Director, Brock Sports and Recreation, presented a donation of $2,500 from ticket sales to the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) Food First Program, a resource for students aimed to address the growing issues of food and health insecurity among Canadian post-secondary students.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

    * Maryanne St. Denis, Manager, Content and Communications, Brock University or 905-246-0256

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