Research at Silvera

Innovation paves the way

Silvera is one of the few seniors housing providers with a dedicated research program, which has the following goals:

Provide positive, evidence-based direction for Silvera’s supports and services for residents. This includes evaluating and validating existing programming.
Improve residents’ quality of life through research and evaluation findings.
Act as an internal resource for Silvera employees looking for promising or effective practices, as well as assisting with methodologies and tools to help assess and evaluate programs.

Research themes

Currently, Silvera is conducting or partnering to conduct research in the following themes:

Active Aging
Mental Health

                          Current research projects

                          MAiD: Medical Assistance in Dying in Supportive Living

                          Funder: Silvera

                          A University of Calgary graduate student completed a literature review on current issues surrounding MAiD, especially in supportive living communities like Silvera’s. Focus groups with residents in five Silvera communities informed the recommendations.

                          Outcome: The literature review and focus groups provided a firm evidentiary basis for Silvera to move forward with end-of-life programming, including how best to remember departing residents due to death or transition to higher levels of care.