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As people with HIV/AIDS age in unprecedented numbers, it is important that long-term care staff in Ontario be educated about the progression of the illness. In Ontario, there are well over 7,000 people living with HIV/AIDS over the age of 50 which means long term care homes in Ontario will soon begin to see an increase in the number of admissions for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

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In Toronto, The Rekai Centres (a long-term care facility) and Casey House (an HIV/AIDS specialty hospital) have partnered to develop an accessible and inclusive video teaching series. Entitled “Compassionate Care in a Changing Landscape: HIV/AIDS and Long Term Care,” these training videos are intended to be viewed by anyone working in a long-term care setting, in all staff and volunteer capacities. The videos feature the perspective of people working in HIV/AIDS and long-term care, as well as people who are themselves living with HIV/AIDS, and their families and loved ones.

Through identifying the care needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and understanding the principles of empathetic care, frontline staff will have the tools required to build a compassionate and comprehensive person-centred plan of care which will include the voice of the people receiving care, to improve care provider confidence and health care delivery.

The series: Compassionate Care in a Changing Landscape – HIV/AIDS and Long Term Care currently includes four 20 minute training videos. Additional videos will be added soon.

Videos currently available are:

  • HIV: A New Future – An Introduction to HIV: A snapshot of the historic and current health care implications for people living with HIV and the responses of the health care system.
  • HIV/AIDS Bedside Care: Essential information for frontline care providers about infection prevention, HIV transmission and the use of universal precautions.
  • HIV/AIDS and Cognitive Changes: An exploration of cognitive related health concerns that emerge as a result of aging in general and how cognitive changes affect people living longer with HIV.
  • HIV/AIDS: Families and Networks of Support: An overview of the experience of families from their initial reactions to hearing their loved one had been diagnosed with HIV to navigating the health care system. Care providers talk about the importance for the person entering care to feel supported both physically and emotionally.

All of us at The Rekai Centres and Casey House look forward to working with our community to create a comprehensive and accessible plan for knowledge translation across Canada, improving care for people living with HIV as they enter long-term care homes.

For inquiries regarding access to the videos, or questions about the series, please email us at

The Rekai Centres and Casey House would like to acknowledge the support of the MAC AIDS Fund.