How you feel after listening to Dr. David Sheard?

You know that guy?  Butterfly care homes.  Dementia care matters.

To be honest, I’m still processing it all.  I am incredibly inspired, yet I already feel defeated.  Creating a change of culture takes such dedication I wonder if I am up for the task, I know I want to be part of the change (and not just in dementia care).  I did ask him how it is that we navigate being the push against the current quality of care in care facilities.

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Person-Centred Language Guidelines

Thank you to Bev S. for sharing this fabulous resource with me – I want to share it with you!  Though I have been working very hard on my own language, I do at times struggle with finding an appropriate way to describe a client’s behaviour in a person-centred way.

The Alzheimer Society has put together this great resource, which you can download here: Person-Centred Language Guidelines.

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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