Who we are

Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) is a research partnership of researchers, knowledge users, policy makers, and citizens which aims to produce knowledge that improves elder care. TREC is a pan-Canadian health services research program concentrated in Western Canada, Ontario, and the Atlantic provinces, with some activity in Canada's North. This partnership ensures that the research meets the needs of everyone in the residential long-term care sector.


Our Research

Find out more about our research projects


Our Team

Our multidisciplinary team of researchers, knowledge users, trainees and staff


Our Governance

A multi-committee governance structure is set in place to meet the mission and goals of TREC

Vision & Mission


To contribute to quality of care and quality of life for older adults and quality of work life for care providers in transformed residential settings.


Develop sustainable practical solutions and tools that improve the quality of care provided to older adults, enrich the work life of their caregivers, and enhance effectiveness in residential long-term care.

Location of our Projects


The seeds for TREC were planted in 2005 while TREC researchers Carole Estabrooks and Peter Norton were studying the use of research in acute care. They were frustrated by the lack of data on patient outcomes, needing data that had been systematically collected over multiple years to measure their work against. They began to realize that their efforts could be more valuable elsewhere.

At the same time, rapid shifts in population aging and the dramatic increases in chronic health challenges such as dementia moved closer to centre stage. A small group of researchers and decision makers decided to refocus all efforts on a frail and highly vulnerable population that received little attention—the frail elderly living in nursing homes. With a $4.7 million grant from CIHR in 2007, TREC launched with the prairie provinces as its initial “laboratory.”

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