Education with Dr. David Sheard – Edmonton & Calgary

April 11 (Edmonton) & 13 (Calgary): WORKSHOP: NEW CULTURE NURSING – AN APPROACH TO PERSON-CENTRED CARE WITH DR. DAVID SHEARD

In his thought-provoking and passionate presentation style, Dr. Sheard calls on LPNs to be the leaders of a new culture of care where people, not just policies and procedures, really matter. This workshop can be the starting point for LPNs who want to improve organizational culture so that person-centred care is priority.

Only a $50 registration fee for a full day workshop!!!!!  Register here!

Improving Person-Centred Care During Mealtimes in LTC

Perhaps because most of my experience in recreation therapy has been in long-term care, this topic really brought to light some very simple adjustments that we can make to really start to improve person-centred care in LTC and really all continuing care.

Improving Person-Centred Care During Mealtimes in LTC is a fantastic presentation by Dr. Sienna Caspar, PhD, CTRS.  While you’re at it, check out the Brain Xchange, an incredible resource for knowledge!

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Canada’s Own “Dementia Village” & INCREDIBLE Puree Resource

A few days ago my daughter sent me a link to a recent and exciting news story: Canada’s first ‘dementia village’ is set to open its doors in Langley, BC, next year.  The Village’s design was inspired by Hogeweyk, the world’s first dementia village, in The Netherlands; the main difference being the Village will be in a rural setting on five acres.

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Feel Good Story – The ‘Pimp My Zimmer’ Project

Want an example of person-centered care improving safety?

Care home residents in Wales have been decorating their Zimmer frames, with help from local schoolchildren.  The Pimp My Zimmer project aims to reduce falls after a care home matron noticed people with dementia sometimes find it hard to recognize their own frame.  One care home claims the project has reduced falls by up to 60%.

Make your  heart happy and check out the story here: Pimp My Zimmer Project Reduces Falls

Local Resource – Free Outings (Edmonton & Area)

This fantastic resource was shared with me through the grapevine.  Though it is only a weekly snapshot of the working document, I thought that it would be of use to those that work in the community.  A should out to Anissa L., the creator of this document, for sharing it with the masses!

Download the Word Doc here: Free Outings

Incredible Resource – Seniors’ Centre Without Walls

Through a new partnership between Age Friendly Edmonton and AHS, an exciting new program has been developed with seniors in mind.  This innovative program creates opportunities for seniors to socialize, learn new skills and stay connected through interactive phone-based social and health programming, free of charge: Seniors’ Centre without Walls.

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Promising Practices in Long Term Care – Ideas Worth Sharing

I can’t recall where I came across this document, I have this bad habit of emailing myself links to things I want to share here, but often forget to include where or why I stumbled across it…

Important to share, regardless of source, is this interesting read: Promising Practices in Long-Term Care: Ideas Worth Sharing.  As this short book will confirm, excellent ideas on how to ensure that high-quality long-term care (residential care housing and caring for the elderly and some younger people with serious disabilities) is available to fit all needs and the resources exist to fund high quality care that respects the needs of residents, families, workers, and managers.

Please do share this document with your peers!

FREE Education Opportunity! Understanding Dementia MOOC

If you missed the chance to sign up for the Understanding Dementia MOOC through the University of Tasmania last year, here is another opportunity!

From their website: Understanding Dementia is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering university-quality education about the latest in dementia research and care. This free course provides an opportunity to engage with the perspectives of an international community, without requiring exams or assignments.

Join the course here: Understanding Dementia

FREE Education Opportunity – Creating Moments of Joy for People with Alzheimer’s

In this 2 week course, learn how to help people with Alzheimer’s disease live as well as possible with practical tips and advice.

From their website: In this course you’ll find out how to encourage and enjoy such wonderful moments. You’ll get practical tips to ease the daily struggles of Alzheimer’s for those living with it, and those helping them. Ultimately you will learn how to look beyond the challenges of the disease and focus on creating the best possible life for those living with Alzheimer’s.

Join the course here: Future Learn