This webinar series focuses on ways Ontario long-term care homes can apply their culture change journey to ensure residents living with dementia thrive.
Target Audience: Those who support people living with dementia and those in leadership roles.
Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-being
aired: October 08, 2019
This webinar is the first in the two part series. Dr. Allen Power, Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation, shows the limitations of a traditional view of dementia and, how this view has not only failed to provide support for those living with the diagnosis, but how it has led to the overuse of dangerous psychoactive medications. Dr. Power describes an alternate view of dementia that focuses on the changing perspective of the individual and uses a framework of seven domains of well-being to understanding and address distress. He then outlines the aspects of culture change that must take place in order to embed this new approach when caring for those living with dementia, and share stories of success.
By watching this webinar, you will:
- Understand the limitations of our biomedical approach to dementia
- Describe the 3-pillar approach presented
- Name the 7 domains of well-being and list some simple ways to put them into practice in various care settings
Negotiating Autonomy and Risk for People Living with Dementia
aired November 26, 2019
In this webinar, Dr. Allen Power, Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation, addresses the sensitive issues around balancing choice versus risk for people living with dementia. Using the approach outlined in the previous webinar “Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being” held on October 8, 2019, he shows how the desire to avoid risk, and operational decisions made as a result of this, can create an environment that may look “secure,” but is actually unsafe. Using real-life stories and situations, Dr. Power will shows how we can best negotiate risk, in order to maximize well-being and individual rights.
By watching this webinar, you will be able to:
- Define “surplus safety” and “all-or-none” thinking
- Describe a 7-step process for negotiating risk
- Explain how segregated living environments can harm autonomy
Setting too many goals could mean that your goals are scoped too low and are focused on tasks instead of results. This goal-setting method will help long-term care homes to set realistic goals for students and help measure performance.
When creating your goals, make sure that they are ‘SMART’ – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.
A student placement in long-term care (LTC) is a great opportunity to learn and practice new skills, explore career opportunities, and build meaningful relationships.
While completing a placement at an LTC home, students contribute to the quality of life and well-being of residents. They are a valuable member of the team. This Student Orientation Package can be used by LTC homes to introduce students to information and resources to help prepare them for the experience.
While culture change involves collaboration and empowerment throughout the organization, it is critically important for those in formal leadership positions to actively nurture the process. This webinar builds upon the “Put Living First: Creating a Culture Where Everyone Thrives” webinar held on March 28, 2019 by exploring organizational growth and the concept of wise leadership.
Dr. Allen Power, Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation, shares eight personal transformation goals for successful leadership and describes several tools and processes that will help each organization evaluate readiness for change, begin the journey, and monitor progress along the way. Stories of successful initiatives from other organizations are shared, and listeners will have opportunities to self-reflect on how well they are positioned to move forward.
By watching this webinar, you will:
- Learn 8 personal goals for leaders in culture change and know how to assess your own skills in these areas.
- Assess readiness for change and determine needs at each stage of readiness.
- Understand the concept of “frost” and steps for moving beyond it.
This page contains information on requirements that must be met for a student to be eligible to work or volunteer in a long-term care home. It is important to note that health and safety requirements for student placements vary by home, so students and educators should always verify requirements with the placement supervisor or lead contact at the home.