Practical knowledge of person-centred language ensures that appropriate, respectful, life-affirming and inclusive language is used when talking with and referring to people who communicate via responsive behaviours/personal expressions associated with dementia, complex mental health, substance use and/or other neurological conditions, and their care partners.
This webinar shares strategies and resources to increase the use of person-centred language in your long-term care home, developed in collaboration with Behavioural Supports Ontario, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and people with lived experience.
By watching this webinar, you will:
- Understand the importance of person-centred language when interacting with residents, team members and family members.
- Increase your use of person-centred language by engaging in self-reflection exercises.
- Learn strategies to enhance and sustain the use of person-centred language in your home.
This webinar is split into three 15-minute learning objectives focusing on different areas of person-centred language. Use the below links to navigate to each section.
- Welcome and introduction
- Part 1) The importance of using person-centred language
- Part 2) Increasing your use of person-centred language
- Part 3) Strategies to enrich the use of person-centred language in your LTC home
- Questions and closing
Kate Ducak is a gerontologist and Project Officer at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) where she applies her expertise to the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) program. She enjoys exchanging ideas about person-centred, relational and dementia care, culture change, and health equity. Kate has 19 years of professional and personal experiences in LTC homes and other health care sectors.
Tina Kalviainen is a Certified Human Resources Leader and the Strategic Communications Specialist with Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO)’s Provincial Coordinating Office (PCO). She onboarded with North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC)’s North East BSO team in 2012 and has been a member of BSO’s PCO since its re-emergence in 2015.