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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Video Series: Dementia and Caregiving

The Government of Canada has recently developed and released on the Web a video series intended for seniors and family caregivers of loved ones living with dementia.

The videos include vignettes of people sharing their personal experiences of caregiving and the importance of their social connections. Common themes throughout the videos include coping with feelings of loneliness, feeling overwhelmed and maintaining balance and self-care as a caregiver.

Each video is about 4 minutes in length and is accompanied by a transcript.

This resource can be accessed by clicking here:

Friday, January 29, 2016

Methadone4Pain - Canadian Virtual Hospice Online Course is a training tool primarily intended for physicians working in palliative care or with palliative patients that are interested in learning more about prescribing methadone for pain management in palliative care.

Methadone4Pain is offered in a linear online course form that is freely available to those interested by creating an account on the website.

The course may also be of interest to pharmacists and nurses involved in the care of a palliative patient on methadone for pain. It was developed by the Canadian Virtual Hospice in collaboration with experts in palliative care and pain management and with the financial support of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. The course is eligible for Mainpro-M1 credit and Royal College CME credit (Section 1).

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Care Conversations

This website, Care Conversations, helps older adults and family of elderly individuals navigate what can be difficult conversations about what should happen once they are no longer able to care for themselves.

Care Conversations is an initiative led by the American Health Association, the National Center for Assisted Living and America’s Skilled Nursing Caregivers. These professional organizations have come together with their knowledge on care transitions to provide planning tools for advanced directives and care planning, descriptions of various care options (assisted living, long term care, etc.), as well as tips for how to begin these conversations.

All of this information is provided in available as print resources, as well as in a video library.

This resource can be accessed by clicking here:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Voice of Our People

The Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle (BANAC), in association with community partners, developed a 4 part video series available on their website to increase cultural awareness of First Nations, Métis and Inuit worldviews for those working in social services, such as health care providers.

One of BANAC’s goals is to assist long-term care facilities and home care health providers by promoting cultural sensitization to their organizations to improve the quality of care provided to Aboriginal clients.

The videos consist of interviews with Elders and Senators from First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities sharing their experiences and wisdom in an oral tradition. Each video is accompanied by a viewing guide which outlines the overview and learning objectives of the video, profiles of the featured Elders and Senators, and features a “fill in the blanks” script for note taking.

The video series and viewing guide are also available in French.

This resource can be accessed by clicking here:

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Dementia and Staff Grief

The Alzheimer Society of Canada developed a resource for healthcare providers in 2014 intended to address close attachments long-term care staff form with the clients they care for and the grief associated with their death or declining health.

As described by the Alzheimer Society, “This resource is meant to help you and your organization gain a better understanding of the multiple losses experienced by staff caring for people with dementia across the continuum of care, and how staff members can be effectively supported in managing their loss and grief when clients are dying and after their deaths, transitioning out of a program or to another level of care.”

This resource can be accessed by clicking here:

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Person-Centered Care for Residents with Dementia Exhibiting Aggressive Behavior

The U. S. Department of Health & Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality aims to advance excellence in health care through the promotion of research and dissemination of best practice information. One of the ways they achieve these goals is the Innovations Exchange, a formal online forum  where researchers and clinicians can exchange knowledge about tools and innovations that are improving quality and reducing disparities in health care.
One of the series in the Innovations Exchange is the Service Delivery Innovation Profile, where facilities can profile their services and models of service in a detailed way providing information such as what problems were addressed to specific staffing needs to address these problems.
The Service Delivery Innovation Profile featured here is entitled, “Person-Centered Care for Residents with Dementia Exhibiting Aggressive Behavior Reduces Psychiatric Hospitalizations and Behavior-Related Medications.”
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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Resource Guide for Supporting Caregivers at Home

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) conducted a study which found that many family caregivers experience high levels of distress when providing care to those with long-term health conditions or difficulties associated with aging.

CPSI aimed to address caregivers’ need for support in their Resource Guide for Supporting Caregivers at Home – For Clients and Family Caregivers (2014). Without meeting caregiver needs, individuals who need their care are at higher risk of admission into acute or long-term care facilities.

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