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Working With Dementia Clients Certificate (Online)

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This 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.

Certificate Highlights

The number of Canadians living with Dementia is expected to more than double within a generation, increasing the need for qualified care givers. This 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.

Career Prospects

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Palliative care facilities
  • Retirement residences
  • Private and social service case work
  • Rehabilitation facilities

Some courses require additional textbooks and/or materials. Please visit your campus store in-person or online: Peterborough Campus Store or Lindsay Campus Store.


Certificates must be completed within five years. Once you have completed all certificate requirements, please contact us again for your official certification.

Courses in Working With Dementia Clients Certificate (Online)

Details and registration below

Mandatory Courses

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: Treatment Options in Dementia Care (HLTH238)

Take a guided tour through the brain and learn how various dementias affect brain processes. Explore the mechanisms of action for the treatment options currently available. Look into the future and view the journey towards a cure for Alzheimer disease and related dementias.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

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

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