Advanced Topics in Dementia Care Extension Certificate
Advanced dementia care skills are necessary for all health care professionals encountering older adults across the care continuum. This program provides current knowledge from early identification to end of life care for health care professionals working daily with older adults experiencing a dementia and their families. Through interactive online materials the student will encounter current research and best practice knowledge for dementia care practice. Each module will focus on the Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework identified by the National Health Service in the UK 2015. This course is informed by principles found within curriculum for higher education and practice within Dementia Care.
Note: The Dementia Care Certificate of Completion is not a prerequisite for the Advanced Topics in Dementia Care Extension Certificate. This program is designed for regulated health professionals looking to gain further knowledge to assist them in their current practice.
- Demonstrate knowledge of current identification, diagnosis, treatment and management of persons experiencing a dementia and their families
- Gain skills, knowledge and attitudes that support persons experiencing a dementia and their families that reflect best practice competencies focused on communication, pharmacology, wellness and quality of life throughout the dementia journey
- Practice knowledge and skills that reflect understanding of inclusive, equality and diversity awareness
- Display understanding of current health care system challenges and possibilities in terms of safe, compassionate, relational dementia care for persons and their families
- Acknowledge leadership roles and responsibilities within health care with regard to transforming dementia care across the care continuum
- Complete the three required courses online (60 hours)
- Can be completed within 2 semesters up to a maximum of three years
- You may take individual courses
- The listed course hours indicate the estimated time for students to review the online learning units. Your actual time spent completing assignments may vary.
Professional Leadership for Dementia Care
Students will be introduced to current best practices across the world focusing on dementia strategies that are being researched, implemented and evaluated as to their strengths and weaknesses in providing safe, competent, timely, person and family centered dementia care to persons experiencing a dementia and their families. Through an exploration of models of care, research pilot projects and current best practices, students will identify possible models of care to introduce within their own practice settings. An examination of the role of leadership for transformation in dementia care practices will be an important piece of this course.
|Subject code XHHC 20001||20 Hours. Fee: $379|| Not offered this semester. |
Advanced Knowledge for Dementia Care
Students will examine evidence based knowledge regarding what is currently known about dementia. This will include a historical understanding of dementia within health care, awareness and identification of dementia across the care continuum, principles for the prevention of dementia, consensus guidelines for the diagnosis of dementia, current treatments available in Canada for dementia care and knowledge of inter-professional practice principles necessary to provide appropriate seamless dementia care across the trajectory of the disease process.
|Subject code XHHC 20002||20 Hours. Fee: $379||Not offered this semester. |
Professional Practice Competencies for Dementia Care
Students will study current evidence and research from the specialized practice areas of gerontology and geriatric medicine to develop advanced skills for working with persons experiencing a dementia and their families. Through study and research students will explore the impact of atypical presentation, polypharmacy, age related changes on older adult patients living with a dementia. Knowledge of best practice competencies focusing on communication, pharmacology, wellness and the quality of life throughout the dementia journey will be explored. Current palliative care knowledge and exploration of specialized dementia end of life care will be examined.
|Subject code XHHC 20003||20 Hours. Fee: $379|
|CRN 50472||Online||April 23 - May 29|
|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.
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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