LIPHA is the result of an ongoing, multi-year collaboration between The Baycrest Academy for Research and Education, the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (Ontario CLRI) and Launch57 Inc.

Together, these organizations provide the underlying technology platform, compelling narrative, game design and evidence-informed, case-based simulations and (Ontario CLRI designed) learning resources.

Educational Content & Game Design provided by

Baycrest is a global leader in research, innovation, education, and care for older adults, with a special focus on brain health and aging. Baycrest is home to a robust research and innovation network, including one of the world’s top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience, the Rotman Research Institute; the scientific headquarters of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, Canada’s largest national dementia research initiative; and the Baycrest-powered Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), a solution accelerator focused on driving innovation in the aging and brain health sector. Baycrest helps aging adults assess, monitor, maintain and enhance cognition through an innovative portfolio of evidence-based products and services. Fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest provides excellent care for older adults combined with an extensive clinical training program for the next generation of healthcare professionals.

The Ontario CLRI strengthen quality of life and care for residents across the province. The Ontario CLRI is mandated by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Long-Term Care to be a resource for the sector by providing education and sharing research and innovations to enhance the health and well-being of people who live and work in long-term care (LTC) in Ontario. Find out more at clri-ltc.ca.

Game platform provided by

Launch57 is a SaaS Product Company proudly focused on improving the lives of those around us through the application of responsible gaming principles. Based in Edmonton, Alberta Launch57 provides the gamified learning platform (known as Reach) that is the foundation of the LIPHA application.

The platform promotes user engagement and improves retention. Its self-authoring features provide clients with full control over their content. Clients can create straight-on training modules or reinforcement-style, multi-branching scenarios with realistic cases and simulations. It allows clients to create a rich learning environment, specific to their target audience. The platform is mobile and desktop ready and can operate offline where no Wi-Fi or cell coverage is available. Initially developed over 5 years ago and continuously enhanced since, the platform is recognized as one of the leading gamified learning platforms by experts in this field of study. LIPHA can be adapted for use in any healthcare sector.

LIPHA has been reviewed for AODA (and WCAG) compliance. All recommendations and suggested action from the review are being implemented and will be made available in upcoming releases.

The LIPHA for LTC Program

LIPHA for LTC is tailored for healthcare teams and students specifically in LTC. An initial prototype was developed in collaboration with George Brown College through an eCampus Ontario grant, and then expanded by the Ontario CLRI. In 2021-22, the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities enabled LTC homes and postsecondary education institutions in Ontario to access the LIPHA for LTC Program which provided tailored, on-demand training for health care professionals and students considering careers in the sector.

The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), in collaboration with the Ontario CLRI at Baycrest, the Kunin-Lunenfeld Centre for Applied Research and Evaluation, and the Baycrest Academy for Research and Education, managed the grant to rapidly mobilize LIPHA, to enhance the onboarding and training of a skilled workforce in the seniors’ care sector.

LIPHA’s game-based design and immersive learning approaches, including the use of virtual simulations, help learners to not only develop foundational knowledge on LTC best practices, safety, and teamwork but also to apply their learning by practicing providing care to realistic, simulated LTC residents. Learners also receive instant feedback to help foster skills, attitudes and behaviours that support person-centered and relational care.

The 2021-22 funding enabled CABHI to support Ontario-based LTC homes and education institutions in adopting LIPHA and integrating the platform with their existing orientation processes to accelerate training for PSWs and nurses. LIPHA has the potential to reach up to 80,000 LTC staff members and up to 70,000 students enrolled in health care programs in Ontario universities and colleges.

Raquel Meyer Ph.D., R.N.

Director, Ontario CLRI at Baycrest
Educational Innovationist & Applied Researcher 

Dr. David Chandross, Ph.D.

 Digital Gameworld Design and Senior Scholar at Ryerson University 

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