- This course helps front-line workers acquire knowledge, improve their knowledge and raise their level of awareness about cognitive impairment, which enables them to provide quality care to people with cognitive impairment.
- Learners will actively use the U-First approach to understand the person living with cognitive impairment and their behaviors while maintaining a meaningful dialogue with the care team so that the person with cognitive impairment receives individual support. Learners will also practice person-centered care and effective communication strategies to improve the quality of life for people with cognitive impairment.
To take this course, you should have:
- Comfort in learning through reading information online
- Self-discipline and time management skills
- Willingness to ask for help
- Persistence in searching for information
- Confidence in expressing ideas in written form
- Basic computing skills and written communication skills
- Minumim technical requirements for computer, internet browser, audio, and telephone.
- Each set of weekly activities must be completed by the end of each week.
- Each week of the course must be completed in sequence in order to receive a certificate.
- Learners are required to complete all assigned activities on time and independently.
- Learners are expected to participate in online discussions
At the end of this 6-week course, you will be able to:
- Describe Person-Centred 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
- Apply U-First!™ approach and practice how it can be used to explore the possible causes of responsive behaviours and identify supportive care strategies
- Employ your new understanding and develop strategies to prevent or diffuse responsive behaviour.
- Practice communication strategies when working with someone with dementia
The course is comprised of the following materials and delivery methods
- Webinars (live online meetings), E-learning modules, online discussions, quiz, case study assignments.
- Learners must have the required technology to participate including a modern web-enabled desktop or laptop computer with speakers or headset, telephone, personal email address.
- All materials will be provided by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s Public Education Team