Dementia education for healthcare providers in Grey-Bruce

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On this page, find out what educational opportunities about dementia the Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce can offer to healthcare providers.

Young healthcare provider helping senior woman.

For more details, contact Susan Pouget by phoning 519-376-7230 x 28 (toll-free: 1-800-265-9013) or by emailing [email protected].

In-Services

The Society offers educational in-services to staff in long-term care homes, retirement homes and community agencies.  Sessions are designed with the goal of increasing knowledge and understanding of the various issues related to supporting a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Overview of dementia
  • A look at Alzheimer’s disease
  • Understanding the connection between brain and behavior
  • Communication with the person with dementia
  • Research updates
  • Head’s Up (maintaining brain health)
  • Advance care planning
  • Family education: visiting, transition, loss

Me and U-First!

Target Group: Unregulated health care providers 

Goal: Me & U-First! is designed to reach a larger number of people working directly with persons with dementia including PSWs, volunteers and family members. 

Me & U-First is a free eight module e-learning program on dementia care designed for unregulated health care providers who are involved in supporting persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. They are intended as a supplementary program to reinforce key messages and reach a larger number of front-line workers. It is strongly encouraged and key to the success of the integration of the education into practice that the supervisors of Front-line staff access the U-First! program themselves in order to support workers and address organizational issues.

Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA)

Target Group: Staff at Long-Term Care Homes

Goal: To provide staff with the skill and confidence to respond respectfully to responsive behaviours of a more escalated nature associated with dementia.

GPA is an educational program that Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce are certified to offer to staff of Long-Term Care Homes. GPA focuses on:

  • Respecting the person with dementia as an individual
  • Understanding the disease process
  • Utilizing supportive care strategies that are compassionate and effective. 

Advanced Care Planning

Advanced Care Planning (ACP) is a process of planning for a time when a person no longer has the mental capacity to make decisions about aspects of his/her care or treatment.

Six-hour professional sessions

A shorter version of the Advance Care Planning Training Session is available for the general public.