COVID-19 rapidly changed our world of training in how we deliver Outreach Education. For most of Spring and Summer 2020, COVID-19 restrictions prevented the education team from traveling to sites to provide face-to-face training. This Fall/Winter, we have started to venture out to places contingent upon sites meeting strict COVID-19 criteria and protocols.
The education team has also met education requests through live webinars (no masks required!). The team enhanced online education by increasing the level of engagement and interactivity in each session.
Self-studies continue to be an efficient way to provide education in the province. Coming soon is the self-study module, “Sexuality and Intimacy in Continuing Care.”
At this time, PIECES is presented as face-to-face education.
Up and Coming Outreach Education Webinars:
July 28/21 (2:00 – 4:00) – Understanding Dementia
This course provides a broad introduction to the world of dementia. In addition to presenting basic information about the condition itself, the module focuses on learning to understand individuals with dementia in order to support and communicate with them, thereby enhancing their quality of life.
August 4/21 (2:00 – 3:30) – Families and Partners in Care
Every family that places a loved one in a care facility will face major adjustments. The family may feel off balance through what is often a time of difficult decision-making. When families are under strain, they are less able to assist in caring for their loved one or to support the work of health care staff. At this point, it is important for staff to try to work with and support the families. Participants will learn to recognize caregiver stress, caregiver burden and burnout within a family, and identify ways to support families and facilitate family involvement as part of the caregiving team.
August 11/21 (2:00 – 4:00) – Fall Prevention, Secure Spaces and Least Restraint for the Elderly
Falls and injury from falls are critical issues in healthcare safety. We often hear that it’s just common sense information, but out of all reporting provinces, Alberta has Canada’s third-highest hospital admissions rate for seniors who have fallen. We will review fall risks and the learner’s role in a team approach to fall prevention and least restraint while maximizing the client’s functional mobility. Educators will review various too ls used to evaluate fall risk.
August 18/21 (2:00 – 3:30) – Schizophrenia in the Older Person
Individuals aged 55 years and older will soon account for 25% or more of the total population of patients with schizophrenia worldwide (Psychiatric Times, 2019). This course will examine how both diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia differ in the older client. Learners will be able to differentiate between positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia and describe late-onset schizophrenia. Educators will discuss the use of antipsychotics and their potential side effects. Staff will learn care strategies to use with a client who shows suspiciousness, depression or hostility.
PIECES™ Training Day 1 (Virtual Delivery)
The overall goal of the PIECES™ Learning and Development program is to provide health practitioners, across the continuum of care, with a practical framework to:
- guide a holistic Person and Care Partner centered Team approach
- build the knowledge and skills necessary to support the well-being and health care of older adults at risk, or living with complex conditions and associated behavioural changes
- support an evidence-informed approach to shared assessment
- promote a collaborative process that is relationship based
Day 1 – August 25th – 0815 - 1630
Participants will gain an understanding of the PIECES™ program and how to use the 3- Question template. The day consists of interactive dialogue and teamwork, helping learners to build upon prior knowledge and provide them an organized framework to support older adults living with complex health issues. During Day 1, learners will have the opportunity to complete a Practical Application using the PIECES 3-Q template as a collaborative tool.
Day 2 - September 8th - 0815 - 1630
Learners will have the opportunity to share their Practical Application and continue to apply the 3-Q Template. We will continue to build on the learning from Day 1 with an increased focus on how the team can successfully put the care plan into practice. Learners will further explore their role as a PIECES practitioner for supporting knowledge to practice; as an individual, at the team level, and in collaboration with senior leadership and other partners.
Target Learners: Health Care Professionals (Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Therapists, Dieticians, Pharmacists, Psychologists, Clinical Pastoral Care Workers, etc.)
To sign up for a webinar or for more information, please contact: