We pay tribute to the Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex County (ASWE) recipient of a 2018 | 2019 AGE Recognition Award for GPA Leadership Excellence with distinction. This is the third year in a row that ASWE has been a recipient in these awards which recognize organizations that have implemented Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) dementia education for staff with extraordinary effort and outcomes. Last year, 18 ASWE staff members and 285 community members participated in GPA Basics dementia education sessions through the society. Read about GPA in action throughout the community of Windsor-Essex county.
Drum roll please! Our Executive Director, April Morganti, announces this years recipients. Watch the video.
We include a presentation by Pauline Tardif, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada who spoke about Canada’s Dementia Strategy at our AGM. Go here: bit.ly/32ZOklO#GPA
Patti Boucher retires at the end of this week after a very successful and rewarding 42-year career in healthcare, initially nursing at the point-of-care and for the last 25 years in senior healthcare leadership positions.
The AGE team thanks Patti for her steadfast belief in the importance of dementia education for staff at the point-of-care and her careful stewardship of AGE’s growth and success over the past five years. As she begins this exciting new stage in life we wish her happiness (and time to sit down to write the rest of that family recipe book she’s been itching to complete!)
Patti reflects on her time at AGE, including its growth and success as a social enterprise, with thank-yous to AGE’s partners and stakeholders. Read her Goodbye Blog here.
(Photo: Patti speaks at the ORCA Road Show)
AGE Executive Director, Patti Boucher, chaired a committee that developed a revised Behavioural Education & Training Support Inventory (BETSI) tool. The updated BETSI includes representations of four of AGE’s dementia curricula.
The tool informs leadership decisions on how to provide staff members with appropriate education that prepares them to care for older adults with responsive behaviours in various contexts.
During the process of developing this document, the BETSI Working Group received valuable feedback from many key partners and wishes to particularly acknowledge contributions from those who responded to the BETSI User Survey (August 2017), the BSO Provincial Steering Committee, the BSO Operations Committee, the BSO Knowledge Translation & Communications Advisory and the BSO Knowledge to Practice Community of Practice. In addition, the BETSI Working Group wishes to thank all of the Program Representatives for taking the time to submit applications for inclusion into the updated BETSI.
Questions or feedback pertaining to the BETSI can be directed to email@example.com or call 1-855-276-6313.
The BETSI Working Group
Patti Boucher – Executive Director, Advanced Gerontological Education (Chair)
Monica Bretzlaff – Manager, BSO Provincial Coordinating Office & North East BSO, North Bay Regional Health Centre
Faith Malach – Executive Director, Behaviour Supports & Memory Care Programs, Baycrest Health Sciences
Maureen O’Connell – Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant, North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Services
Patti Reed – Program Manager, BSO Central LHIN
Tiffany Symes – Waterloo Wellington Vulnerable Seniors Community Seniors Lead, CMHA (Member until May 2018)
Katelynn Viau – Project Coordinator, BSO Provincial Coordinating Office, North Bay Regional Health Centre (Lead Collaborator)
AGE is very proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of the 20th Biennial Conference of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association. This year’s conference is May 2 – 4th in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. AGE will be attending and presenting at the conference. The CGNA’s theme for 2019 is “Older Persons Climbing Mountains: Journeys and Transitions.”
Learn more about #CGNA2019 here
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Hospital staff lacks knowledge and skills in dementia care. There is a need to understand how person‐centered care theory can be operationalized in staff’s practices to improve dementia care.
To describe the staff’s experiences of learning and applying the Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) to enact person‐centered care in a hospital.
Mixed methods, including post-education survey and focus groups, were used. Thematic analysis was conducted to identify themes that describe participants’ experiences.
310 staff and leaders in a hospital participated in the GPA education and completed a posteducation survey (n=297). After one year, two follow‐up focus groups were conducted with interdisciplinary staff (n=24) across medicine and mental health programs. Our analysis identified three themes to enable person‐centered care: (1) changing attitudes, (2) changing practices, and (3) changing conditions.
This study contributes to the literature by providing evidence of how an education program was implemented in a large Canadian hospital to build capacity for dementia care. Joint education for interprofessional staff offers value in enabling person‐centered care.
Mental health nurses are in position to lead dementia education and advocate for person‐centered care in hospitals. Staff need structural support to engage in team learning for practice improvement.
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Thank you to all organizations who took the time to submit their application for this award. All submissions were outstanding. At this time, we would like to recognize the four organizations with the highest scores and one with an Honourable Mention.
Highest Overall Score
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, British Columbia
Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex County, Ontario in the category of Community Care
Halton Healthcare, Ontario in the category of Acute Care/Hospital
Sherbrooke Community Centre, Saskatchewan in the category of Long-Term Care
The Government of Nunavut