Working With Dementia Clients
Is This for You?
This graduate certificate is tailored to professionals with certificates in the health or social service field such as Nurses, Social Service Workers, Health Care Aides and Personal Support Workers, and family support workers to increase employment opportunities into fields that include Dementia patients.
The number of Canadians living with Dementia is expected to more than double within a generation, increasing the need for qualified care givers. This graduate certificate will provide you with the skills to provide meaningful experiences and interactions when working with clients and families impacted by dementia. Build on your skills and develop new competencies that will promote the highest quality of life possible for the dementia client and their families.
- Long-term care facilities
- Palliative care facilities
- Retirement residences
- Private and social service case work
- Rehabilitation facilities
An Ontario College Diploma or a university degree in a health related field, or equivalent. Applicants who do not possess the academic requirements as stated, but who have relevant experience, may be considered on an individual basis.
Courses in Working With Dementia Clients
- Dementia: Healthy Adult Aging (HLTH236)
- Overview of Dementia Care (HLTH237)
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Dementia Care (HLTH241)
- Dementia: Empowerment in Dementia Care (HLTH240)
- Dementia: Creating a Dementia Care Skill Kit (HLTH239)
- Dementia: Working with Dementia Clients in the Field (NRSG039)
- Ethics and Legalities in Dementia Care (HLTH362)
Dementia: Healthy Adult Aging (HLTH236)
Examine the normal physiological, psychological, social and spiritual changes affecting aging adults using the Holistic Approach to wellness. Normal physiological and anatomical changes, the dysfunctional effects of common health problems and cognitive decline will be examined. Additional topics include spirituality, changing requirements for physical activity, and health promotion measures. Learn common medical terminology and charting techniques related to aging clients.
Overview of Dementia Care (HLTH237)
Providing a holistic model of care for dementia clients is the philosophy used in this introductory course. You will explore differences between normal aging and dementia, and learn about the assessment and diagnosis of this disease. Appropriate physical and emotional environment, effects of dementia on clients, caregiver and the family unit are discussed. The role of research and the importance of public and professional education are also discussed.
Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Dementia Care (HLTH241)
Specific communication skills are required throughout the progressive stages of dementia. Dementia-specific approaches to communication, problem solving and cueing are reviewed. Working in teams, with families, and interagency partners to effect change and ensure quality programming for dementia clients are explored.
Dementia: Empowerment in Dementia Care (HLTH240)
Examine ways that caregivers and those with dementia can ensure, maintain and enhance their quality of life. We explore staff recruitment, development and training, caregiver integrity, affecting change in the workplace.
Dementia: Creating a Dementia Care Skill Kit (HLTH239)
Explore a variety of dementia care issues, including end of life care, grief and bereavement, advanced care planning, caregiver stress, activity planning and management, pain recognition, and behavioural issues.
Dementia: Working with Dementia Clients in the Field (NRSG039)
In this 60 hour field placement you will gain exposure to agencies, organizations, and staff currently providing care to dementia clients in order to increase competency and skill in care for those clients. Our Field Placement Advisor will support you in making your selection and engaging in learning activities. Prerequisite: All required courses must be completed prior to placement-HLTH236, HLTH 237, HLTH238, HLTH239, HLTH240, HLTH241
Ethics and Legalities in Dementia Care (HLTH362)
An understanding of the ethics and legalities pertinent to dementia clients is essential in order to protect their rights and advocate for them. Principles of advocacy and lobbying to affect change in the healthcare environment are emphasized. Learn how to access community supports/resources and manoeuver through the system in which the client, family and caregivers are involved. Evaluate services, identify gaps and create strategies to address these gaps.