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Celebrating over 10,000 Person-Centred Language pledges!

Posted On: September 26, 2022

Please join us in the celebration of having reached over 10,000 Person-Centred Language pledges!

Last summer, we reached our goal of 5,000 Person-Centred Language (PCL) pledges from health care providers and persons with lived experience to commit to changing the way we interact with and refer to people living with dementia and other complex mental health conditions. We are pleased to announce that as of September 17, 2022, we have doubled that number and now have over 10,316 pledges! We wish to recognize everyone who reviewed our commitment statements posters, signed our pledge, and encouraged colleagues, co-residents, family and friends to do the same.

Reaching 10,000 pledges marks an important milestone for the PCL Initiative which is co-led by the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) Provincial Coordinating Office at the North Bay Regional Health Centre and the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovations in Long-Term Care (CLRI) at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA). Since its launch in 2017, The goal of the PCL Initiative has been to develop a set of commitment statements and associated products to inspire language choices that are appropriate, respectful, life-affirming and inclusive when interacting with and referring to individuals who communicate via responsive behaviours/personal expressions associated with dementia, complex mental health, substance use and/or other neurological conditions, as well as their partners in care.

If you have not yet signed our PCL pledge, it’s not too late! Fill out your pledge and download your certificate today at www.behaviouralsupportsontario.ca/pledge

I’ve completed my pledge, what can I do next?

Complete the e-course

The back-to-school season is the perfect time to complete our PCL eCourse. Available in English and French, this FREE eCourse demonstrates how PCL can have a positive impact on communication, care, and help to reduce stigma and discrimination (45min).

Explore examples

Check out our Word Swap Poster for ideas on how to incorporate PCL in your everyday conversations.

Receive a free Commitment Pledge Poster

Get in touch

Tell us how you’ve incorporated the PCL initiative in your organization by e-mailing us at provincialBSO@nbrhc.on.ca

Thank you for your commitment to the PCL Initiative!

 

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About the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care

The Ontario CLRI is funded by the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Long-Term Care, and hosted at Baycrest Health Sciences, Bruyère, and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

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