Event Date: Oct 31, 2017

Recording l Related Resources

Long term care residents are ‘unbefriended’ if they lack decision-making capacity and a family member or a friend to act as their guardian. Little is known about these residents although they are among the most vulnerable older adults generally and especially in long term care. Stephanie Chamberlain and Dr Carole Estabrooks will describe a research project examining the characteristics and potentially unmet care needs of unbefriended residents in long term care. This presentation will describe what is currently known about unbefriended residents and selected (very) preliminary results from interviews with long term care staff and public guardian representatives in Alberta.

This integrated KTE webinar event is brought to you by brainXchange in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Canadian Consortium of Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA)





Carole Estabrooks, PhD University of Alberta

Dr. Carole A Estabrooks is Professor, Faculty of Nursing, at the University of Alberta, and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation. She is a Member of the Order of Canada (CM) and a Fellow in both the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS) and the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She is Scientific Director of the Knowledge Utilization Studies Program (KUSP) and the pan-Canadian Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) research program hosted at the University of Alberta. 

Dr. Estabrooks' applied health services research program focuses on knowledge translation in the health sciences. She studies the influence of organizations on the use of knowledge and its effects on quality of care, quality of life/quality of end of life and quality of work life outcomes. Her work is primarily situated in the residential long term care sector and focuses increasingly on quality improvement and the spread and scale-up of innovation. 

Dr. Estabrooks is a past member and vice-chair of CIHR’s Institute of Aging Advisory Board. She is appointed in the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health and is affiliated with the University of Toronto’s Nursing Health Services Research Unit. She is a co-investigator on numerous national and international research projects. She is the 2014 recipient of the CIHR Institute of Aging’s Betty Havens prize in Knowledge Translation. She teaches in the doctoral program and supervises undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. She has developed and continues to evaluate the Alberta Context Tool (ACT) currently in use in nine countries and six languages.


Stephanie Chamberlain, University of Alberta

Stephanie Chamberlain is a doctoral candidate with Dr. Carole Estabrooks at the University of Alberta. She is an Alzheimer Society of Canada Doctoral Fellow and a Revera Scholar. Stephanie currently works with the Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC), a program of research that focuses on improving the quality of care provided to nursing home residents, enriching the work life of their caregivers, and enhancing system efficiency. Ms Chamberlain’s research focuses on social isolation, care aides, quality of worklife and quality of care in long term care homes. Her PhD work will document the prevalence, health outcomes, and potentially unmet care needs of residents who are under public guardianship in Alberta nursing homes.