Elder Care Course

The @YourSide Colleague® First Nations Elder Care Course was made possible through a funding contribution by the Green Shield Canada Foundation. The Elder Care Course has been developed to provide the learner with a knowledge base on how to care for the unique needs of First Nation Elders. The course is structured around the components of the Medicine Wheel to reinforce the importance of wholistic client care.


  • Role of an Elder
  • Cultural Knowledge
  • Historical and Intergenerational Trauma
  • Medicine Wheel Teaching
  • Spiritual/Cultural
  • Emotional/Social
  • Mental/Political
  • Physical/Economic
  • Caring for Yourself and Caregivers
  • Elder Abuse

A Course Reviewer Shares These Words:

I was very excited to take part in the Elder Care course review. As the primary health care provider (CHR) in the community, it is important that our Elders are being looked after with the utmost care we can provide.

This course can provide our workers with understanding and knowledge to provide a safe environment along with respect and protocols in caring for the Elders. The goal in our community is to keep our Elders in their homes as long as possible instead of them being put in a long-term-care facility.

– Frances Kabatay, CHR – Seine River First Nation, ON