Complexities of Care in Nursing Homes Research Lab

Complexities of Care

Lead Investigator Dr. Elizabeth Andersen

The focus of this lab is on exploring the complexities of care, the working environments, and the knowledge, skills, and efforts of care aides who work in nursing homes. Care aides are the unregulated workers who provide residents with up to 90% of their daily living support. Dramatic shifts in staffing patterns in Canadian nursing homes have transformed care aides’ assistive and caring roles. Care aides are now the central and most accessible service providers to nursing home residents. Building on past research, we are currently exploring how care aides make difficult choices about what they can accomplish in a given amount of time, and their perceptions of the level of severity of consequences for residents when tasks are rushed or left undone. This study is a sub-project within Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC2) research program led by Dr. Carole Estabrooks at the University of Alberta.


  • Dr. Carole Estabrooks (University of Alberta)
  • Dr. Matthais Hoben (University of Alberta)
  • Dr. Colin Reid (UBC Okanagan)
  • Dr. Genevieve Thompson (University of Manitoba)
  • Ms Stephanie Chamberlain (University of Alberta)
  • Dr. Deanne Taylor (Interior Health)

Current students:

  • Lynnelle Erbacker, MSN student
  • Renee Gauthier, MSN student
  • Lynn Kulchyski, MSN student