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Dementia Care Training, Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet and Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, 2018

Partner: The Government of Nunavut

SE Health shared and supported the Government of Nunavut’s goal to enhance nurses’ knowledge in dementia care. SE Health was pleased to respond to the opportunity to deliver Dementia Care Training that is evidence based, relevant, culturally safe and meets the learning needs of nurses working in the territory. In addition, we are pleased to be able to provide support for continued professional development and learning at no cost through our on-line learning platform and e-learning events.

The Dementia Care Training was delivered in March 2018 by Christine Knapp, RN, BScN, MScN, Lead Instructor, SE Health Career College in the communities of Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, and Cambridge Bay.

During the two-day training, participants gained knowledge specific to the care of clients with dementia. This course included an overview of delirium, depression and dementia as well as detailed information on the different types of dementia. Participants gained an understanding of cognitive and behavioural assessment, pharmalogical and non-pharmalogical interventions and working with the care team. Participants also gained the knowledge required to effectively support the caregiver.

Topics covered during the session included:
  • Delirium, Dementia and Depression
  • Types of Dementia
  • Early Warning Signs of Cognitive Change
  • Functional and Cognitive Assessment
  • “Getting to Know Me”
  • Attitudes, Skills, and Knowledge That Are Beneficial for Communication in Dementia Care
  • The Importance of Retaining Abilities
  • Care Strategies for the Client with Dementia
  • Non-Pharmalogical Interventions
  • Pharmalogical Interventions
  • Managing Responsive Behaviours
  • Use of Restraints
  • Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia
  • Multi Component (the health care team) Care Strategies
  • Caregiving Strategies for Older Adults with Dementia
  • Caregiver Stress
  • Dementia Resources