Grant will improve the quality of life in home health care

Thunder Bay Community Foundation Past President Shannon Gothard Ramirez presented Kristen Jones-Bonofiglio with a $5,000 grant.

Thunder Bay Community Foundation Past President Shannon Gothard Ramirez, left, presented Kristen Jones-Bonofiglio with a grant for $5,000.


In December 2013, Lakehead University’s Kristen Jones-Bonofiglio was proud to accept the Dr. R.K. Dewar Medical Research Grant for $5,000 from the Thunder Bay Community Foundation.

This generous support will contribute to the educational research project entitled Good Medicine: Supporting Elderly Individuals at Home in Northwestern Ontario being undertaken by Jones-Bonofiglio, a research affiliate with the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH).

Emphasizing the idea that a person’s home has the potential to play a key role in quality care, this project will evaluate the use of mobile simulation technology in the delivery of health care education for interdisciplinary health care teams.

Led by principle investigator Jones-Bonofiglio, community partners on this endeavor include the School of Nursing, CERAH, and the Northwestern Ontario End of Life Care Network.

Lasting one year, this innovative project will support the progress and provision of health care that meets individual, family, and community needs in Thunder Bay, and honours the life and work of Dr. Robert Kerr Dewar, who believed in supporting and building capacity in health sciences and health care.

“Over the past few years, we have hosted many successful simulation research projects in the lab,” said Jones-Bonofiglio.

“This project allows us to take simulation out into the community and evaluate its use and potential for continuing education and professional development. The ultimate goal is to contribute to quality of life through excellence in care for elderly individuals in our community.”