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18 Nov

U-First!® for Care Partners – Zoom

2024-05-19T21:19:35-04:00

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. 
Mandatory Session Dates:
Monday, November 18th from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Monday, November 25th from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Monday, December 2nd from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Optional Session Date:
Monday, December 9th from 5:00pm-7:00pm

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.

Registration closes October 20th, 2024.

 

U-First!® for Care Partners – Zoom2024-05-19T21:19:35-04:00
8 Oct

Self-Care Series (for Health Care Professionals) – Zoom [BSO]

2024-05-19T21:19:32-04:00
 

This 4-session series explores the different issues Frontline Health Care Providers may experience when providing care to People Living with Dementia. In this series of workshops, participants will receive information on a variety of self care topics in addition to learning tips and strategies on how to work better as a team with the aim of enhancing client care.

These workshops will be online using Zoom.

Self-Care
Tuesday, June 11th, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
This session will discuss the concept of Self Care and the important role it plays in managing the day-to-day stress associated with a Health Care Professional’s occupation.
Putting You First
Tuesday, July 9th, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
This workshop will focus on enhancing your self awareness of your current well-being. It will also support your reflection for opportunities to create a better balance in your life.
Navigating Difficult Conversations
Tuesday, September 10th, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
This presentation will address why some reactive behaviors may happen. We will discuss how hurtful or negative comments can affect us. We will review helpful strategies in building resilience for ourselves and ways to navigate these difficult conversations; increasing our sense of well-being.
Grief and Loss
Tuesday, October 8th, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
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.
Please note, each session is a separate link. Please refer to our event calendar to sign up for the sessions of interest.
Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
Self-Care Series (for Health Care Professionals) – Zoom [BSO]2024-05-19T21:19:32-04:00
10 Sep

Self-Care Series (for Health Care Professionals) – Zoom [BSO]

2024-05-19T21:19:30-04:00
 

This 4-session series explores the different issues Frontline Health Care Providers may experience when providing care to People Living with Dementia. In this series of workshops, participants will receive information on a variety of self care topics in addition to learning tips and strategies on how to work better as a team with the aim of enhancing client care.

These workshops will be online using Zoom.

Self-Care
Tuesday, June 11th, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
This session will discuss the concept of Self Care and the important role it plays in managing the day-to-day stress associated with a Health Care Professional’s occupation.
Putting You First
Tuesday, July 9th, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
This workshop will focus on enhancing your self awareness of your current well-being. It will also support your reflection for opportunities to create a better balance in your life.
Navigating Difficult Conversations
Tuesday, September 10th, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
This presentation will address why some reactive behaviors may happen. We will discuss how hurtful or negative comments can affect us. We will review helpful strategies in building resilience for ourselves and ways to navigate these difficult conversations; increasing our sense of well-being.
Grief and Loss
Tuesday, October 8th, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
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.
Please note, each session is a separate link. Please refer to our event calendar to sign up for the sessions of interest.
Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
Self-Care Series (for Health Care Professionals) – Zoom [BSO]2024-05-19T21:19:30-04:00
20 Aug

U-First!® for Care Partners – Zoom

2024-05-19T21:19:28-04:00

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. 
Mandatory Session Dates:
Tuesday, August 20th from 10:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday, August 27th from 10:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday, September 3rd from 10:00am-12:00pm

Optional Session Date:
Tuesday, September 10th from 10:00am-12:00pm

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.

Registration closes July 21st, 2024.

 

U-First!® for Care Partners – Zoom2024-05-19T21:19:28-04:00
30 Jul

U-First! for Healthcare Providers – 2660 Eglinton Ave E – Special Funding

2024-05-19T21:19:27-04:00

U-First!® for Healthcare Providers supports health care and other service providers who work with people living with dementia or other cognitive impairments. U-First!® builds on existing curriculum and encourages learners to make lifelong learning a goal. The vision is to provide every member of the care team with consistent education on key skills and best care practices. It sets the stage for common knowledge, language for communicating with all members of the care team (including informal care partners), and a comprehensive approach to care.
 
This program is for personal support workers and other front-line health care workers (including dietary, rehabilitation and social service staff, activationists, nurses, and health care students).
 
We highly recommend that you take Dementia Foundations prior to registering to this course. 
 
 
Date and Time:  
Tuesday, July 30th from 9:00am to 4:00pm 

Cost: Free
Thanks to funding provided through our Unforgettable Gala Fund A Need, we are able to provide this training at no cost to you.
 
 
Program is presented In-Person at the Mid Scarborough Hub.
Location: 2660 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, M1K 2S3

Registration is required.
Registration deadline is Thursday, July 25th, 2024
 
U-First! for Healthcare Providers – 2660 Eglinton Ave E – Special Funding2024-05-19T21:19:27-04:00
25 Jul

Unpacking Denial in Dementia (for Care Partners) – Zoom

2024-05-19T21:19:26-04:00

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
 
 
This workshop will be held on Zoom.
Registration is required to receive the link to participate.
 

 

Unpacking Denial in Dementia (for Care Partners) – Zoom2024-05-19T21:19:26-04:00
18 Jul

Knowledge 2 Action (K2A): Supporting Responsive Behaviours in Dementia Care – Zoom

2024-05-19T21:19:24-04:00
 
This workshop is for health care providers and staff who provide direct care to people with behaviour changes due to dementia or other cognitive impairment. This workshop offers the participants an opportunity to build on and practice skills gained from dementia training programs (such as U-First!). Through a case study approach, participants will have an opportunity to work as a team and develop a supportive action plan for persons living with dementia who are experiencing responsive behaviours. 

This workshop will use case studies to help you:

  • Deepen your understanding and ability to apply the U-First! & PIECES Framework
  • Increase the wellbeing and quality of life of people with dementia experiencing behaviour changes
  • Reduce stress and increase job satisfaction for you and for others on the team
  • Enhance collaboration within the care team to develop and implement supportive strategies

  • Learning Objectives:

  • Recall the behavioural and psychological impact(s) of dementia
  • Describe the 7 Domains of Well Being
  • Recognize that behaviour has meaning specific to the individual 
  • Develop person-centred support strategies
  • Develop a supportive action plan as part of a team


  • Pre-requisites: Participants must have completed either ONE of the following:

  • U-First! for Healthcare Providers
  • Dementia Care Training Program/ODCTP
  • PIECES
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    Date and Time:
    Thursday, July 18th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
     
     

    Training will be online using Zoom. Registration is required.

    Registration deadline is Monday July 15th, 2024.
     
    Knowledge 2 Action (K2A): Supporting Responsive Behaviours in Dementia Care – Zoom2024-05-19T21:19:24-04:00
    18 Jul

    Dementia Foundations (for Health Care Professionals) – Zoom

    2024-05-19T21:19:24-04:00

    Dementia Foundations: The first step in your dementia education journey.
     
    This 3-hour course will provide you with a foundation of dementia, enabling you to enhance your knowledge in providing quality care for persons living with dementia. 
     
    By the end of this 3 hour course, learners will be able to:

    • Describe Person-Centered Care
    • Describe general aspects of aging, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
    • Interpret how changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease will affect all aspects of an individual’s life
    • Recognize that challenging behaviour is responsive behaviour
    • Recall services and programs offered by the local Alzheimer Society for professionals, people living with dementia and their care partners

    Learners are highly encouraged to take this course before registering for U-First! Basics or Palliative care to enhance the learning experience. 



    Click the link below to register:
     
    Workshop will be presented using Zoom. Registration is required.
    Registration deadline is Monday, July 15th, 2024.

     
     
    Dementia Foundations (for Health Care Professionals) – Zoom2024-05-19T21:19:24-04:00
    17 Jul

    Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) Training (for Health Care Professionals) – 2658 Eglinton Ave E

    2024-05-19T21:19:24-04:00

    Training for personal support workers or front-line health-care providers.

     
    GPA Basics is a 4 module evidence-based education session designed for team members who care for older adults who display responsive behaviours associated with dementia. The GPA curriculum will educate staff on how to use a person-centred, compassionate and gentle persuasive approach and to respond respectfully, with confidence and skill to responsive behaviour associated with dementia.
     
    Learning Objectives:

    • Explain the relationship between the disease process and a person’s behaviour response
    • Apply emotional, environmental, and interpersonal communication strategies to prevent and diffuse responsive behaviours
    • Demonstrate suitable and respectful techniques to use in situations of risk
     

    Date and Time:

    Wednesday, July 17th from 9:00am to 5:00pm
    (You must attend the full day to complete the training)
     
    Cost: $80
     
     
    This is an In-Person workshop at our AST Mid Scarborough Hub.
    Address: 2658 Eglinton Ave East, Toronto, ON
     
     
    Training will be presented In-Person. Registration is required.
    Registration deadline is Sunday, July 14th, 2024

     
    Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) Training (for Health Care Professionals) – 2658 Eglinton Ave E2024-05-19T21:19:24-04:00
    13 Jul

    Palliative Care in Dementia Program (for Health Care Professionals) – Zoom

    2024-05-19T21:19:23-04:00
     

    PRE-REQUISITE: You must be a FRONTLINE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL and have attended either:
    1. Dementia Foundations
    2. Dementia 101 self paced module on AlzEducate
    3. Dementia Overview – live session delivered via Zoom or AlzEducate (check our events calendar for dates)
    4. Experience working with people with dementia
     
     
    Description
    This training program is aimed at enhancing the knowledge of frontline staff in caring for people with dementia using a palliative care approach. This program focuses on promoting quality of life and comfort for individuals living with dementias and their families, with particular emphasis on late stage and end of life. Participants will explore their own beliefs around dying and how it impacts care as well as examine what a palliative care approach means through a dementia lens.
     
    Learning Objectives:

  • Reflect on different values & beliefs on dying and how it impacts care
  • Define palliative care
  • Describe dementia as a terminal condition and its symptoms in late/end of life stages
  • Review Dementia-Specific Palliative Care Goals/Values that provide comfort and support quality of life in advanced and end-of-life dementia
  • Relate concepts of culture, spirituality and communication and their significance in delivering person-centered care
  • Addressing unattendedgrief as a healthcare provider and its impact on delivering person-centered care
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    Date and Time: 
    Saturday, July 13th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
     
     
    Click the link below to register: 
     
     
    Program will be presented online using Zoom. Registration is required.
    Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 10th, 2024
     
     
     
    Palliative Care in Dementia Program (for Health Care Professionals) – Zoom2024-05-19T21:19:23-04:00

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