Changing the Story

Research that's revolutionizing how frontline workers care for residents in Canadian nursing homes

Welcome to Translating Research in Elder Care

Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) is a research program focused on developing solutions for improving the quality of care provided to nursing home residents, enriching the work life of their caregivers, and enhancing system efficiency.

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About TREC


Our research focuses on improving the quality of life of residents in long term care homes and the quality of work-life for their caregivers

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We are a diverse group of researchers, knowledge users, trainees and staff from Canada, US, and Sweden

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Our Publications & Reports

Published scientific papers and reports we have produced on nursing home research

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Breathing Toolkit

We developed a toolkit with resources for learning about Coherent Breathing, a simple stress management technique. Coherent breathing is deliberate and focused – it balances the nervous system and promotes relaxation. It can reduce stress and improve sleep and self-care.

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What We Do


Advancing Affordable Quality of Care

We are empowering front line care providers, who provide the majority of the direct care in nursing homes, to lead changes.



Supporting Evidence-Informed Policy

Our data on work environment, staffing and services, use of best healthcare practices, and staff health and well-being, is valuable in setting policy.


Accelerating Spread of Quality Care

Accelerating Spread of Quality Care

We are studying the best ways to spread innovation in the long-term care sector. One way is to engage the people who are asked for advice by others.

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Improving Workforce Health & Well-being

Improving Workforce Health & Well-being

We measure staff job satisfaction, work engagement, burnout, physical and mental health, and monitor them over time to see how these and other indicators change.

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Improving Work Environment

We are developing strategies to effectively tailor and feed back research data to long-term care homes, using goal-directed approaches.

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Engaging with Citizens to Create Change

Our research agenda is shaped by persons living with dementia and family or friend caregivers of residents in long-term care settings.

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Download Our Reports


Ten Years of Impact: Translating Research in Elder Care 2007-2017

Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, 2017

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Policy Forum on Quality of Life for Residents Living with Dementia: Alberta Should Lead the Way

Translating Research in Elder Care, University of Alberta, 2020

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Graduate student and post-doctoral training opportunities

  • Publish in high impact journals
  • Get mentorship from leading scholars
  • Submit highly competitive grants
  • Work with a large longitudinal database
  • Contribute to quality improvement initiatives
  • Springboard to the next stage of your career

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