Discover Waypoint shines light on hospital and research
Discover Waypoint shines light on hospital and research

A new breakfast series called Discover Waypoint is shining the light on our hospital and research, giving invited guests an opportunity to hear from our staff.

Dr. Howard Barbaree, VP of Research and Academics hosted the premiere breakfast in June where guests learned about the positive impact of recreation for people with mental illness.

Research team member Laura Ball presented her soon to be published research on the Leisure Competence Measure (LCM). She notes “The LCM is the ‘gold standard’ evidence-based assessment tool for therapeutic recreation. Our study proved it is a reliable and valid tool for mental health populations, and valuable for understanding how we can most effectively care for patients.”
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As a result of the study, the LCM is now being adopted across Waypoint to ensure better outcomes for patients.

To show how the research is put into practice for patients, Rehabilitation and Transitional Services Manager Garry Fay explained “Adopting this tool will help our recreation therapists tailor programs to meet the needs of our patients and clients in hospital and in the community.”

Initiatives underway include creating a senior-friendly environment and activation area, building a treatment mall (“main street” concept) and developing a horticultural program.

More Discover Waypoint breakfasts are being planned. If you have any ideas for topics or would like to attend, please contact Holly Archer at harcher@waypointcentre.ca.