Dementia Care Certificate of Completion
Understand the complexity and develop the skills you require to support the emotional, psychological, social and physical challenges experienced by persons with a dementia. Gain valuable insight and learn how to support dementia care patients and their families.
The online, mobile friendly format allows you the flexibility to engage with the course content at anytime.
Note: This program is designed to provide experience for non-health care professionals and family caregivers to better understand the disease and the social complexities that come with caring for someone experiencing a dementia.
- Enhance your health and human service practice with knowledge in dementia care
- Apply healthy aging principles to care for older adults experiencing a dementia
- Describe specific care strategies that support families and demonstrate knowledge of community resources
- Online with weekly readings and assignments.
- Courses can be taken individually and in any sequence.
- To obtain the Certificate of Completion, successfully complete the three required courses (45 hours) within three years of starting the program.
- The listed course hours indicate the estimated time for students to review the online learning units. Your actual time spent completing assignments may vary.
Examine this progressive neurological disorder through the lens of history, culture and medicine. Develop an understanding of the emotional, psychological, social and physical challenges experienced by families and persons with a dementia from current evidence-based research and practice.
|Subject code: XHHC 10105||15 Hours. Fee: $269||Not offered this semester |
Caring for Older Adults
Examine principles of gerontology defined through medicine, nursing and the social sciences. Develop knowledge and understanding of the complex skills required for care of older adults experiencing a dementia.
|Subject code: XHHC 10106||15 Hours. Fee: $269||Not offered this semester|
Caring for Families
Families are considered informal care givers to their loved ones as dementia is diagnosed and progresses. Develop knowledge of person-centered relational practice skills required by health care providers working with families and persons experiencing a dementia.
|Subject code: XHHC 10107||15 Hours. Fee: $269||Not offered this semester|
Sandra Gordon BN, MN, GNC(c)
Sandra is a registered nurse and an Associate Professor teaching undergraduate nurses at Mount Royal University. Her area of teaching and practice for more than 20 years has been gerontological nursing, the care of older adults. During this time her research and practice interests have focused on the assessment and support of persons and their families who are experiencing a dementia. Sandra began to seriously focus her research and study within the area of dementia care as she completed her graduate degree in nursing while coordinating an outpatient geriatric consultation team. Understanding the experience of dementia from the perspective of both the patient and those who care for them has become a life-long journey of learning. Sandra is a member of the Calgary Dementia Network steering committee the Alberta Gerontological Nurses Association as well as the Canadian Gerontological Nurses Association.
"It was a very good experience taking the Dementia Care Course at MRU. A lot of information to know and learn. I found the discussions regarding various types of Recreational Therapies very useful at work. I learned a lot and felt happy and confident enough dealing and caring for my Dementia residents. I feel I have been able to make a difference among our residents."
Mary Ann Keranovic, Personal Care Aide
"I found the Dementia Care Course at MRU very helpful especially at work. I learned that there are different kinds of approaches when caring for persons with Dementia. I discovered valuable lessons about the importance of involving and supporting family members when caring for a resident with Dementia. I found the instructor was easy to communicate with and was available when needed."
Rubian Matilla, Licensed Practical Nurse
"I have been working with our beloved seniors for the past six years and I have had my fair share of good experiences that has enabled me to perform better with my work. Learning is a continuous process and there is always room for improvement. I have taken the Dementia Care Course at MRU through our Director of Wellness, Helen Perry, RN whose unwavering effort for continuing growth amongst the Wellness staff members has helped me to appreciate my outcome results. The instructor was excellent, even though the course was offered online. I felt her reaching out to her students in a very personal way. The course made me more equipped with knowledge in how to interact with our residents with Dementia. I would highly recommend this course to those who are directly involved in the Health Care Profession. You will finish the course with a more open perspective."
Jonah Marie Suezo-Verzoza, Licensed Practical Nurse
"Looking after, a loved one with Dementia can be a challenge for families and caregivers. As a Health Care Professional, I believe that it is very important to be equipped with adequate knowledge and understanding of the disease process, its progression as well as its impact on a person who is suffering with Dementia. MRU’s Certificate Course on Dementia Care has provided me with the knowledge that I can use to provide quality care and support to our residents and their families. It has helped me improve my communication skills and has enhanced my ability to handle difficult behaviors that we face as we care for our Memory Care residents. Thorough this course, I have learned to focus on our resident’s abilities and what they can still do, thereby allowing me to find ways to make their journey worthwhile."
Keith Michelle Bronce, Licensed Practical Nurse
For information about this program:
403.440.6867 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6
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