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8 Nov

U-First!® for Care Partners

2021-07-31T12:37:03-04:00

What is U-First!®  for Care Partners?

U-First!® for Care Partners is a new education program for family and friends who are providing direct support to someone experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment.

This 6 hour education program will help you to:

  • Enhance well-being of care partners and of the person they are supporting who is experiencing behaviour changes
  • Reduce responsive behaviours by using the U-First!® framework
  • Improve collaboration among all team members through a common knowledge, language and approach to care. 
Session dates are on Mondays, November 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Who should attend?

U-First!® for Care Partners is for family and friends of people experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment who provide direct support for that person in an unpaid role. 

What’s involved in the program?

  • Interactive learning approach that has participants reflect on their experiences, engage with new content, practice using a variety of methods including case studies and plan for how they will implement what they have learned.
  • Learners receive a Participant Workbook and a U-First!® Wheel to use during the program and keep as useful resources for applying their learning.
  • Learners will also be invited to take part in an evaluation to better understand the effectiveness and outcomes of the program.  In addition, a sample of participants will be invited to take part in an interview with the Evaluator. All learners will be invited to participate in evaluation activities but will not be excluded from the program if they choose not to participate in the evaluation.

What’s the cost for the program?

There is no cost for participants of U-First!® for Care Partners. 

Please note that there will be additional screening of all interested participants to ensure there is a fit between the program and participant.

 

What is U-First!®  for Care Partners?

U-First!® for Care Partners is a new education program for family and friends who are providing direct support to someone experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment.

This 6 hour education program will help you to:

  • Enhance well-being of care partners and of the person they are supporting who is experiencing behaviour changes
  • Reduce responsive behaviours by using the U-First!® framework
  • Improve collaboration among all team members through a common knowledge, language and approach to care. 
Session dates are on Mondays, November 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Who should attend?

U-First!® for Care Partners is for family and friends of people experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment who provide direct support for that person in an unpaid role. 

What’s involved in the program?

  • Interactive learning approach that has participants reflect on their experiences, engage with new content, practice using a variety of methods including case studies and plan for how they will implement what they have learned.
  • Learners receive a Participant Workbook and a U-First!® Wheel to use during the program and keep as useful resources for applying their learning.
  • Learners will also be invited to take part in an evaluation to better understand the effectiveness and outcomes of the program.  In addition, a sample of participants will be invited to take part in an interview with the Evaluator. All learners will be invited to participate in evaluation activities but will not be excluded from the program if they choose not to participate in the evaluation.

What’s the cost for the program?

There is no cost for participants of U-First!® for Care Partners. 

Please note that there will be additional screening of all interested participants to ensure there is a fit between the program and participant.

What is U-First!®  for Care Partners?

U-First!® for Care Partners is a new education program for family and friends who are providing direct support to someone experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment.

This 6 hour education program will help you to:

  • Enhance well-being of care partners and of the person they are supporting who is experiencing behaviour changes
  • Reduce responsive behaviours by using the U-First!® framework
  • Improve collaboration among all team members through a common knowledge, language and approach to care. 
Session dates are on Mondays, November 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Who should attend?

U-First!® for Care Partners is for family and friends of people experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment who provide direct support for that person in an unpaid role. 

What’s involved in the program?

  • Interactive learning approach that has participants reflect on their experiences, engage with new content, practice using a variety of methods including case studies and plan for how they will implement what they have learned.
  • Learners receive a Participant Workbook and a U-First!® Wheel to use during the program and keep as useful resources for applying their learning.
  • Learners will also be invited to take part in an evaluation to better understand the effectiveness and outcomes of the program.  In addition, a sample of participants will be invited to take part in an interview with the Evaluator. All learners will be invited to participate in evaluation activities but will not be excluded from the program if they choose not to participate in the evaluation.

What’s the cost for the program?

There is no cost for participants of U-First!® for Care Partners. 

Please note that there will be additional screening of all interested participants to ensure there is a fit between the program and participant.

What is U-First!®  for Care Partners?

U-First!® for Care Partners is a new education program for family and friends who are providing direct support to someone experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment.

This 6 hour education program will help you to:

  • Enhance well-being of care partners and of the person they are supporting who is experiencing behaviour changes
  • Reduce responsive behaviours by using the U-First!® framework
  • Improve collaboration among all team members through a common knowledge, language and approach to care. 
Session dates are on Mondays, November 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Who should attend?

U-First!® for Care Partners is for family and friends of people experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment who provide direct support for that person in an unpaid role. 

What’s involved in the program?

  • Interactive learning approach that has participants reflect on their experiences, engage with new content, practice using a variety of methods including case studies and plan for how they will implement what they have learned.
  • Learners receive a Participant Workbook and a U-First!® Wheel to use during the program and keep as useful resources for applying their learning.
  • Learners will also be invited to take part in an evaluation to better understand the effectiveness and outcomes of the program.  In addition, a sample of participants will be invited to take part in an interview with the Evaluator. All learners will be invited to participate in evaluation activities but will not be excluded from the program if they choose not to participate in the evaluation.

What’s the cost for the program?

There is no cost for participants of U-First!® for Care Partners. 

Please note that there will be additional screening of all interested participants to ensure there is a fit between the program and participant.

Category: Alzheimer Society Toronto,Family Caregivers,Education

U-First!® for Care Partners2021-07-31T12:37:03-04:00
21 Oct

CARERS Program for Adult Children (8 sessions) – ONLINE

2021-07-31T12:37:03-04:00

This 8-week online program is for adult children of people with mid- to late-stage dementia living in the community. Developed by the Reitman Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital, CARERS is a comprehensive dementia care program that supports problem-solving skill development and introduces the innovative use of standardized patients – actors trained to simulate real-life situations – so that caregivers, guided by expert clinical coaches, will learn how to address communication challenges.

Goals of the Program:

  • Enhance practical skills for caregivers
  • Improve caregivers’ coping and problem-solving skills
  • Enhance caregivers’ confidence in dealing with challenges
  • Improve caregivers’ social interaction and social support

Dates: Thursdays – October 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2 and 9

Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Location: the group will be held online using Zoom

Registration and an assessment appointment via Zoom are prerequisites. An AST Social Worker will contact you soon for your assessment.

** If you are interested in a future group or would like to discuss how this group may support your current caregiving situation, please CLICK HERE

 

 

CARERS Program for Adult Children (8 sessions) – ONLINE2021-07-31T12:37:03-04:00
21 Oct

Dementia Care Training Program – Zoom (2 full days -ONLINE)

2021-07-31T12:37:03-04:00

PRE-REQUISITE: Must be a personal support worker or front-line health-care provider.

Increase your skills in caring for people with dementia by completing the Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s specialized Dementia Care Training Program. With this 12-hour program, you’ll learn:

  • The U-First! approach to managing responsive behaviours
  • The nature and progression of Alzheimer’s disease
  • The factors that contribute to responsive behaviours
  • The changes related to aging by experiencing an aging simulation

Dates and Time: (2 full day training, you must attend both dates to receive a certificate)

Thursday – October 21 and 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $80

Training will be presented online using Zoom. 

 

Dementia Care Training Program – Zoom (2 full days -ONLINE)2021-07-31T12:37:03-04:00
19 Oct

Behavioural Support Training Program – zoom (2 Full Days ONLINE)

2021-07-31T12:37:03-04:00

Programs Pre-Requisites:

  • Completion of either the Dementia Care Training Program (DCTP, ODCTP, or zDCTP) or U-FIRST! within the past 3 years
  • Currently working with people living with dementia through professional, placement or volunteer experience

The Behavioural Supporal Training Program (BSTP) is the next step in the Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s dementia care training.  This training will build on previous learned theories and concepts and enable you to have a deeper understanding of the individuals you are caring for and gain additional skills to support them in a meaningful way.

For front-line healthcare providers (such as personal support workers, dietary aides, activation and recreation staff, allied health) interested in furthering their skills and tools to support people living with dementia exhibiting responsive behaviours. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Define Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSDs)
  • Discuss when responsive behaviours requires intervention
  • Practice reflective skills and recognize that behaviour has meaning specific to the individual
  • Practice verbal and written reporting skills
  • Demonstrate individualized communication techniques including validation to support positive interactions with a person with dementia.
  • Develop an action plan that will allow professionals to recommend and evaluate different non pharmacological approaches appropriate to the individual and their unique situation

Dates and Time (you must attend all 2 dates to complete the training):

Tuesdays – October 19 and 26 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

COST: $80

Training will be presented online using Zoom.

 

 

Behavioural Support Training Program – zoom (2 Full Days ONLINE)2021-07-31T12:37:03-04:00
16 Oct

Dementia Care Training Program – Zoom (2 full days -ONLINE)

2021-07-31T12:37:02-04:00

PRE-REQUISITE: Must be a personal support worker or front-line health-care provider.

Increase your skills in caring for people with dementia by completing the Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s specialized Dementia Care Training Program. With this 12-hour program, you’ll learn:

  • The U-First! approach to managing responsive behaviours
  • The nature and progression of Alzheimer’s disease
  • The factors that contribute to responsive behaviours
  • The changes related to aging by experiencing an aging simulation

Dates and Time: (2 full day training, you must attend both dates to receive a certificate)

Saturdays – October 16 and 23 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $80

Training will be presented online using Zoom. 

 

Dementia Care Training Program – Zoom (2 full days -ONLINE)2021-07-31T12:37:02-04:00
5 Oct

CARERS Program for Spouse/Partner (8 sessions) – ONLINE

2021-07-31T12:37:02-04:00

This 8-week online program is for spouse or partner of people with mid- to late-stage dementia living in the community. Developed by the Reitman Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital, CARERS is a comprehensive dementia care program that supports problem-solving skill development and introduces the innovative use of standardized patients – actors trained to simulate real-life situations – so that caregivers, guided by expert clinical coaches, will learn how to address communication challenges.

Goals of the Program:

  • Enhance practical skills for caregivers
  • Improve caregivers’ coping and problem-solving skills
  • Enhance caregivers’ confidence in dealing with challenges
  • Improve caregivers’ social interaction and social support

Dates: Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16 and 23

Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Location: the group will be held online using Zoom

Registration and an assessment appointment via Zoom are prerequisites. An AST Social Worker will contact you soon for your assessment.

** If you are interested in a future group or would like to discuss how this group may support your current caregiving situation, please CLICK HERE

 

 

CARERS Program for Spouse/Partner (8 sessions) – ONLINE2021-07-31T12:37:02-04:00
22 Sep

Unpacking Denial in Dementia – ONLINE

2021-07-31T12:37:02-04:00

The focus of the session will be on exploring the concept of denial and anosognosia, how it impacts persons with dementia and their care partners, and strategies for assisting families.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the concept of denial and anosognosia
  • Identify how denial impacts persons with dementia and their care partners
  • Explore behaviours and strategies for responding
  • Develop an understanding of supportive services in the community
This workshop is for care partners of a person living with dementia
 
Registration is required to receive the link to participate.
 

 

 

Unpacking Denial in Dementia – ONLINE2021-07-31T12:37:02-04:00
14 Sep

Dementia Care Training Program – Zoom (2 full days -ONLINE)

2021-07-31T12:37:01-04:00

PRE-REQUISITE: Must be a personal support worker or front-line health-care provider.

Increase your skills in caring for people with dementia by completing the Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s specialized Dementia Care Training Program. With this 12-hour program, you’ll learn:

  • The U-First! approach to managing responsive behaviours
  • The nature and progression of Alzheimer’s disease
  • The factors that contribute to responsive behaviours
  • The changes related to aging by experiencing an aging simulation

Dates and Time: (2 full day training, you must attend both dates to receive a certificate)

Tuesdays – September 14 and 21 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $80

Training will be presented online using Zoom. 

 

Dementia Care Training Program – Zoom (2 full days -ONLINE)2021-07-31T12:37:01-04:00
13 Sep

Self Care Series – ONLINE for Frontline Healthcare Professionals

2021-07-31T12:37:01-04:00

In support of front line staff at this challenging time, in collaboration with Behaviour Support for Senior Program at TC-LHIN, we are offering a series of monthly Self Care sessions for staff from various health and community sectors.

This workshops will be online using Zoom. Registration is required. 

Grief and Loss:

Monday, September 13 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

This session will cover the significant bonds that can be formed between a resident and Health Care Professional. It will also highlight the emotional impact that the death of a resident/patient can have on these individuals as a result of their connection.

CLICK HERE  to register.

 

 

Self Care Series – ONLINE for Frontline Healthcare Professionals2021-07-31T12:37:01-04:00
13 Sep

Online Dementia Care Training Program (ODCTP)

2021-07-31T12:37:01-04:00

For PSWs and other Health Care Professionals

Increase your skills in caring for people with dementia by completing the Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s specialized dementia care training program.

This six-week program runs from September 13 to November 1

Webinars are on Week 1 and Week 5 (September 14th and October 14th) with the option to attend at 12:00pm or 8:00pm.(Eastern Time)

Cost: $80

Please visit www.alzeducate.ca for more information and requirements and to register online.

Online Dementia Care Training Program (ODCTP)2021-07-31T12:37:01-04:00

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