Dementia education for healthcare providers in Huron County

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If you're a healthcare provider, the Alzheimer Society of Huron County can connect you to an educational opportunity near you. In addition, learn more about the variety of Ontario-based resources available to you from across the province.

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To arrange one or more of any of these educational presentations for your staff, clients or for you and your family, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 519-482-1482 (toll-free: 1-800-561-5012).

For more information on what education the Alzheimer Society of Huron County provides to people living with dementia and caregivers, please visit our education page.

Public Education Co-ordinators

Public Education Co-ordinators in Ontario’s Alzheimer Societies raise awareness about dementia and provide education, support services and volunteer training.

Funding for these Public Education Coordinator positions initially came from the Ontario government as part of Ontario's Strategy for Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias. The funding for this position is now part of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care base funding.

To contact the Public Education Coordinator in Huron County, please email [email protected] or call us at 519-482-1482 (toll-free: 1-800-561-5012).

Dementia Studies community college program

The Alzheimer Society of Ontario supports the Dementia Studies/Working with Dementia Clients program, a comprehensive training program in dementia care at many community colleges across Ontario.

If you are currently providing care, or want to start a career providing care for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in a healthcare setting, this course is a good place to start.

The program will help you learn or improve existing skills in delivering the specialized care required by people with dementia. Also, family members, volunteers or interested community members may complete this program to learn more about dementia and how to provide care to a person living with the disease.

Ensuring Quality Standards Project

Without standards, it's hard to measure progress and success. That's the idea behind the Alzheimer Society of Ontario's Ensuring Quality Standards Project, a five-year initiative, funded by an Ontario Trillium grant.

Read Putting Our Best Foot Forward (PDF), a report that details how the project helped Ontario’s Alzheimer Societies improve quality by determining areas that needed most improvement and by developing useful resources.

Contact [email protected] to get your questions answered or obtain a print copy.

U-First!

If you are a personal support worker or other healthcare professional, you can increase your skills in caring for people with dementia by completing this specialized dementia care training program online.

U-First! is a simple and affordable training program in dementia care for healthcare providers. After completing six hours of training, you will receive a certificate in dementia care proving you have been trained in the highest standards as mandated by the province of Ontario.

Learn more about U-First!

Gentle Persuasive Approach

Gentle Persuasive Approach is an educational program for professional staff. This program promotes a person-centred, compassionate approach to care, enabling staff to respond respectfully, and with confidence and skill when providing care.

In-service education

We offer in-service education to staff in primary care, hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes and community agencies. Training can be tailored to meet the needs of staff and/or volunteers.

Sessions are custom designed with the goal of increasing knowledge and understanding of the various issues related to supporting a person with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Overview of dementia
  • Assessment tools
  • Understanding the connection between brain and behaviour
  • Communication with the person with dementia
  • Research updates
  • Maintaining brain health
  • Advance care planning

 

Case-based education

Case-based education provides long-term care homes with an opportunity to assess and create non pharmacological interventions based on individual resident needs.

These sessions are based on the “CLIENT CENTERED CARE” approach incorporating “GPA”“Gentle Persuasive Approaches in dementia care, Montessori principles and use the P.I.E.C.E.S and the U- FIRST models to . The Society offers ongoing support to implement all of these interventions.

More useful links and resources

The following websites may be helpful if you're looking for more information on education or research-related issues.

Please note that the Alzheimer Society of Huron County is not able to guarantee the accuracy of the information on these websites, or endorse products or services offered through them.

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