Spotlight on Fleming College where students LOVE GPA!

Congratulations Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario, winner of a 2016 | 2017 GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care award. GPA® has been part of the curriculum at Fleming’s School of Health and Wellness since 2010. Its principles and practice are taught to all PSW students within the first 7 weeks. Find out what students and employers are saying about GPA.

Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care (GPA®)
GPA is a multi-disciplinary evidence-based dementia care curriculum that equips point-of-care providers and students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply a respectful, person-centred approach when interacting with older adults with dementia. To date, Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE), developer of GPA, has trained 3,074 GPA Certified Coaches who have gone on to deliver the program to more than 288,000+ healthcare providers and students in more than 1,700 Canadian organizations.

Together, we are enhancing the care of older Canadians. Thank you Fleming College and your students for your passion for GPA’s person-centred model of care.

Spotlight on Elmsmere Villa. Winner of a GPA Leadership Excellence Award

AGE congratulates Elmsmere Villa in Ottawa Ontario, winner of a 2016 | 2017 GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care award. We recognize the Villa’s ongoing efforts at implementing and sustaining GPA’s person-centred care approach.

Small in size but big in heart, the Villa is home to 56 residents who are cared for by 34 staff and 4 volunteers. Linda Vu, Director of Care at the home and a GPA Certified Coach spoke to AGE about the team’s success incorporating the GPA strategies of distraction and gentle redirection in everyday care. Learn more here.

Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care (GPA®)
GPA is a multi-disciplinary evidence-based dementia care curriculum that equips point-of-care providers and students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply a respectful, person-centred approach when interacting with older adults with dementia. To date, Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE), developer of GPA, has trained 3,074 GPA Certified Coaches who have gone on to deliver the program to more than 288,000+ healthcare providers and students in more than 1,700 Canadian organizations.

Together, we are enhancing the care of older Canadians. Thank you Elmsmere Villa for your commitment GPA’s person-centred model of care.

Personal Support Workers’ Perception of Safety in a Changing World

Most studies on occupational health and safety in home and community care focus on the health and safety of professional health care workers such as nurses and therapists and very few address the occupational health and safety of personal support workers (PSWs) who provide 70 to 80% of community care in the home.

The PSW Health and Safety Matters! project provides evidence on the health and safety of PSWs working in the home and community in Ontario. Patti Boucher, AGE Executive Director, was part of the research team on this project. Read the full study here

Spotlight on Halton Healthcare. Winner of a GPA Leadership Excellence Award

AGE congratulates Halton Healthcare (Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Milton District Hospital and Georgetown Hospital) the latest winner of a 2016 | 2017 GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care award. We recognize their ongoing efforts at implementing and sustaining GPA’s person-centred care approach across three busy acute care sites.

Learn about outcomes and the effect that GPA implementation has had on practice at the point of care for patients living with dementia at Halton Healthcare.

Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care (GPA®)
GPA is a multi-disciplinary evidence-based dementia care curriculum that equips point-of-care providers and students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply a respectful, person-centred approach when interacting with older adults with dementia. To date, Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE), developer of GPA, has trained 3,074 GPA Certified Coaches who have gone on to deliver the program to more than 288,000+ healthcare providers and students in more than 1,700 Canadian organizations.

Together, we are enhancing the care of older Canadians. Thank you Halton Healthcare for your commitment GPA’s person-centred model of care.

Spotlight on Edgewater Gardens LTC Home. Winner of a GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care Award

AGE congratulates Edgewater Gardens Long Term Care Home in the community of Dunville, Ontario, situated on the mouth of the Grand River. They are the latest 2016 | 2017 GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care award winner. We recognize their ongoing efforts at implementing Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) into everyday care, as reflected in their award submission.

Mary Cochrane, the in-house GPA Certified Coach at Edgewater Gardens has noticed an influx of residents with dementia. “Their range of needs and levels of care require specialized, compassionate and adaptive approaches, like GPA,” Mary Says.

Read a few of the Edgewater stories that illustrate how GPA is being implemented into every day patient care — and how it’s making a difference in the lives of  residents and staff.

Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care (GPA®)
GPA is a multi-disciplinary evidence-based dementia care curriculum that equips point-of-care providers and students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply a respectful, person-centred approach when interacting with older adults with dementia. To date, Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE), developer of GPA, has trained 3,074 GPA Certified Coaches who have gone on to deliver the program to more than 288,000+ healthcare providers and students in more than 1,700 Canadian organizations.

Together, we are enhancing the care of older Canadians. Thank you Edgewater Gardens for your belief in GPA’s person-centred model of care.

Spotlight on REVERA | Columbia Forest Long-Term Care Home. Winner of a GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care Award

AGE congratulates REVERA | Columbia Forest Long-Term Care Home in the city of Waterloo, Ontario on their 2016 | 2017 GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care award. The award recognizes Columbia Forest’s ongoing commitment to the integration of Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) across organizational policies and processes and in practice, as reflected in their award submission.

“The philosophy at Columbia Forest is much the same as GPA and has been strongly influenced by GPA education,” says Kathy Grieco, RN, BSO Lead and in-house GPA Certified Coach at the home. Columbia Forest is home to 156 residents who are cared for by 130 staff, with 40 volunteers. Almost 80% of the residents have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, with responsive behaviours.

Learn more about the dynamic team at this Waterloo long-term care home. 

 

Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care (GPA®)
GPA is a multi-disciplinary evidence-based dementia care curriculum that equips point-of-care providers and students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply a respectful, person-centred approach when interacting with older adults with dementia. To date, Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE), developer of GPA, has trained 3,074 GPA Certified Coaches who have gone on to deliver the program to more than 288,000+ healthcare providers and students in more than 1,700 Canadian organizations.

Together, we are enhancing the care of older Canadians. Thank you REVERA and the team at Columbia Forest Long Term Care Home for your ongoing commitment to GPA’s person-centred model of care.

Spotlight on Sienna Living’s Bloomington Cove Care Community. Winner of a GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care Award

AGE congratulates Sienna Living’s Bloomington Cove Care Community in York County, Ontario, on receiving a 2016 | 2017 GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care award. This award recognizes their commitment to the integration of Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) across organizational policies and processes and in practice, as reflected in their award submission.

Bloomington Cove Care Community has chosen a resident-centred model of care, rather than a medical model. Every resident has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and staff recognize that as the diseases progress, resident care needs will change. GPA is woven into the fabric of everyday life at Bloomington. Home to 112 residents, Bloomington Cove Care has a staff of 143 with 12 volunteers. Learn more

Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care (GPA®)
GPA is a multi-disciplinary evidence-based dementia care curriculum that equips health care providers, students and volunteers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply a respectful, person-centred approach when interacting with older adults with dementia. To date, Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE), the developer of GPA, has trained 3,074 GPA Certified Coaches who have gone on to deliver the program to more than 288,000+ healthcare providers and students in more than 1,700 Canadian organizations. Together, we are enhancing the care of older Canadians. Thank you Sienna Living and the team at Bloomington Cove Care Community for your ongoing commitment to GPA’s person-centred care model.

Spotlight on Chartwell Parkhill Long-Term Care Residence. Winner of a GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care Award

AGE congratulates Chartwell Parkhill Long-Term Care Residence in Parkhill, Ontario, on receiving a 2016 | 2017 GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care award. This award recognizes the residence’s commitment to the integration of Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) across organizational policies and processes and in practice, as reflected in their award submission.

Embedded patient histories, person-centred language, regular staff empathy moments and daily reminders about GPA principles are just some of the ways this energetic team is practicing resident-centred care. They’re also taking very good care of staff with a soothing space on-site called the “wellness” room. Equipped with soft music, yoga mats, comfy chairs and even essential oils, it’s a relaxing retreat when staff can go to recharge their batteries, when required.  Learn more

About Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care (GPA®)
GPA is a multi-disciplinary evidence-based dementia care curriculum that equips health care providers, students and volunteers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply a respectful, person-centred approach when interacting with older adults with dementia with an onus on worker safety. To date, Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) has trained 3,074 GPA Certified Coaches who have delivered the program to more than 288,000 healthcare providers and students in 1,700+ organizations across Canada. Together, we are enhancing the care of older Canadians. We thank the Chartwell Parkhill Long-Term Care Residence for their ongoing commitment to GPA.

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