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.