In the School of Health and Community Services, a new simulation lab has been developed in collaboration with Community Care Durham. The Living Lab imitates a typical residential unit, complete with obstacles to problem solve and work around such as a living room, bedroom, kitchen, and laundry room. Practicing with actual patients and real-life barriers offers students the opportunity to build their skills and confidence for optimal success in their field.
The Living Lab is built into the curriculum as a required course for students enrolled in programs including, Activation in Gerontology, Practical Nursing, Developmental Support Worker, Occupational Therapy Assistant & Physiotherapy Assistant, Personal Support Worker, Fitness and Health Promotion, Social Services Worker, and Paramedic.
Since its launch in 2018, the Living Lab has had raving reviews from students and professors alike. Kevin Griffin from the Paramedic program stated “The students enjoy having time in the Living Lab, as it creates a stronger sense of paramedic identity for them. Students often comment that they "feel more like real paramedics," because of the authenticity offered by the environment.”. This experiential learning opportunity challenges the students’ way of thinking, helps them with information retention, and grows their decision making and confidence in the field.
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