Dementia Care Training

Do you want to learn a positive approach to dementia care? Do you want to create an inclusive and engaging environment for all?  Do you want to experience what it might feel like to have dementia? Do you want to learn U-FIRST principles? Do you want to decrease violence in the workplace?  Check out our new dementia care training program!

The Dementia Care Certificate Program is a comprehensive educational program offered by the Alzheimer Society of PEI for healthcare professionals. This program was launched in June 2017 and has been newly revised in 2018 based on feedback from previous participants. To date we have worked with a total of 130 health care professionals from all various sectors including home care, acute care, community care, long-term care, and group homes. 

The program is composed of two courses:

  1. Dementia Care Training 101 Program (DCT – 101)
  2. Dementia Care Training 102 Program (DCT – 102).

Course Overview:
Each 12-hour course will provide and enhance your knowledge and awareness of dementia, increase your effective communication strategies, and practice hands-on skills which will enable you to provide quality care for persons with dementia.   Learners will receive a workbook, U-FIRST! wheel, e-handouts and access to additional resources on the U-FIRST! website.

DCT101 Learning Objectives:
By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Utilize U-FIRST principles to effectively understand responsive behaviors
  2. Understand the basics of Positive Approach to Care: Hand-under-Hand™ techniques
  3. Identify an individual’s progression using Teepa Snow’s GEMS™ Framework.
  4. Increase effective communication strategies for person-centered care
  5. Describe signs, symptoms and biomedical effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
  6. Understand how one experiences dementia via Virtual Dementia Tour.

DCT102 Learning Objectives:
By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Apply Positive Approach to Care: Hand under Hand™ techniques to caregiving tasks
  2. Apply U-FIRST principles and PAC skills to client case consultations
  3. Utilize Montessori’s DementiAbility methods
  4. Develop an awareness of LGBTQ guidelines for long-term care
  5. Understand the importance of self-care within the healthcare industry

DCT101 is a pre-requisite for DCT102.

$200/person.  Snacks included. Lunch on your own. 

All registrations will be completed online via EventBrite. Official receipts will also be sent directly via the EventBrite confirmation email.


Upcoming Sessions

The next session of DCT101 will be held in early Spring 2019. Stay tuned for details!

November 13 & 14, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm. Stratford Town Hall.
Session is currently sold out. Contact the Alzheimer Society to be added to the waitlist.

For more information, please contact our Dementia Education Coordinator at 902-370-3135 or

Last Updated: 10/11/2018