Spotlight on Edgewater Gardens LTC Home. Winner of a GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care Award

AGE congratulates Edgewater Gardens Long Term Care Home in the community of Dunville, Ontario, situated on the mouth of the Grand River. They are the latest 2016 | 2017 GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care award winner. We recognize their ongoing efforts at implementing Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) into everyday care, as reflected in their award submission.

Mary Cochrane, the in-house GPA Certified Coach at Edgewater Gardens has noticed an influx of residents with dementia. “Their range of needs and levels of care require specialized, compassionate and adaptive approaches, like GPA,” Mary Says.

Read a few of the Edgewater stories that illustrate how GPA is being implemented into every day patient care — and how it’s making a difference in the lives of  residents and staff.

Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care (GPA®)
GPA is a multi-disciplinary evidence-based dementia care curriculum that equips point-of-care providers and students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply a respectful, person-centred approach when interacting with older adults with dementia. To date, Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE), developer of GPA, has trained 3,074 GPA Certified Coaches who have gone on to deliver the program to more than 288,000+ healthcare providers and students in more than 1,700 Canadian organizations.

Together, we are enhancing the care of older Canadians. Thank you Edgewater Gardens for your belief in GPA’s person-centred model of care.

Spotlight on REVERA | Columbia Forest Long-Term Care Home. Winner of a GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care Award

AGE congratulates REVERA | Columbia Forest Long-Term Care Home in the city of Waterloo, Ontario on their 2016 | 2017 GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care award. The award recognizes Columbia Forest’s ongoing commitment to the integration of Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) across organizational policies and processes and in practice, as reflected in their award submission.

“The philosophy at Columbia Forest is much the same as GPA and has been strongly influenced by GPA education,” says Kathy Grieco, RN, BSO Lead and in-house GPA Certified Coach at the home. Columbia Forest is home to 156 residents who are cared for by 130 staff, with 40 volunteers. Almost 80% of the residents have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, with responsive behaviours.

Learn more about the dynamic team at this Waterloo long-term care home. 

 

Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care (GPA®)
GPA is a multi-disciplinary evidence-based dementia care curriculum that equips point-of-care providers and students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply a respectful, person-centred approach when interacting with older adults with dementia. To date, Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE), developer of GPA, has trained 3,074 GPA Certified Coaches who have gone on to deliver the program to more than 288,000+ healthcare providers and students in more than 1,700 Canadian organizations.

Together, we are enhancing the care of older Canadians. Thank you REVERA and the team at Columbia Forest Long Term Care Home for your ongoing commitment to GPA’s person-centred model of care.

Spotlight on Sienna Living’s Bloomington Cove Care Community. Winner of a GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care Award

AGE congratulates Sienna Living’s Bloomington Cove Care Community in York County, Ontario, on receiving a 2016 | 2017 GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care award. This award recognizes their commitment to the integration of Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) across organizational policies and processes and in practice, as reflected in their award submission.

Bloomington Cove Care Community has chosen a resident-centred model of care, rather than a medical model. Every resident has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and staff recognize that as the diseases progress, resident care needs will change. GPA is woven into the fabric of everyday life at Bloomington. Home to 112 residents, Bloomington Cove Care has a staff of 143 with 12 volunteers. Learn more

Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care (GPA®)
GPA is a multi-disciplinary evidence-based dementia care curriculum that equips health care providers, students and volunteers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply a respectful, person-centred approach when interacting with older adults with dementia. To date, Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE), the developer of GPA, has trained 3,074 GPA Certified Coaches who have gone on to deliver the program to more than 288,000+ healthcare providers and students in more than 1,700 Canadian organizations. Together, we are enhancing the care of older Canadians. Thank you Sienna Living and the team at Bloomington Cove Care Community for your ongoing commitment to GPA’s person-centred care model.

Spotlight on Chartwell Parkhill Long-Term Care Residence. Winner of a GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care Award

AGE congratulates Chartwell Parkhill Long-Term Care Residence in Parkhill, Ontario, on receiving a 2016 | 2017 GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care award. This award recognizes the residence’s commitment to the integration of Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) across organizational policies and processes and in practice, as reflected in their award submission.

Embedded patient histories, person-centred language, regular staff empathy moments and daily reminders about GPA principles are just some of the ways this energetic team is practicing resident-centred care. They’re also taking very good care of staff with a soothing space on-site called the “wellness” room. Equipped with soft music, yoga mats, comfy chairs and even essential oils, it’s a relaxing retreat when staff can go to recharge their batteries, when required.  Learn more

About Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care (GPA®)
GPA is a multi-disciplinary evidence-based dementia care curriculum that equips health care providers, students and volunteers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply a respectful, person-centred approach when interacting with older adults with dementia with an onus on worker safety. To date, Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) has trained 3,074 GPA Certified Coaches who have delivered the program to more than 288,000 healthcare providers and students in 1,700+ organizations across Canada. Together, we are enhancing the care of older Canadians. We thank the Chartwell Parkhill Long-Term Care Residence for their ongoing commitment to GPA.

Spotlight on the Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex County, Ontario. Winner of a GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care Award

AGE congratulates the Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex County (ASWE) on receiving a 2016 | 2017 GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care award. This award recognizes their commitment to the integration of Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) across organizational policies and processes and in practice, as reflected in their award submission.

ASWE has been training staff in GPA for the past 10 years, working with LTC homes, community support services and post-secondary institutions. Staff at ASWE give GPA education and training two thumbs up and gave us a few real-life examples of how GPA is making a positive difference in how they care for older Canadians with dementia and how GPA is also helping ensure their own personal safety as point-of-care providers in the dementia context. Learn more

About Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care (GPA®)
GPA is a multi-disciplinary evidence-based dementia care curriculum that equips health care providers, students and volunteers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply a respectful, person-centred approach when interacting with older adults with dementia with an onus on worker safety. To date, Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) has trained 3,074 GPA Certified Coaches who have delivered the program to more than 288,000 healthcare providers and students in 1,700+ organizations across Canada. Together, we are enhancing the care of older Canadians. We thank the Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex County for their continuing commitment to GPA.

AGE presents at Graduate Student Symposium, Ryerson University. ‘Informing the GPA Bathing Program: Integration of Evidence and Stakeholder Feedback’

Our GPA Bathing program is currently in development.

Graduate student Ravinder (Raavi) Palial, RN, BScN, MN presents at Ryerson University, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing Graduate Student Symposium for Professional Nursing Advancement. Raavi worked with co-preceptors Dr. Lori Schindel Martin and Jennifer Briand of Advanced Gerontological Education.

Bathing represents one of the most challenging activities of daily living (ADLs) in persons living with dementia (PLwD), requiring assistance from caregivers. A person-centred approach, embedded in the principles of Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA), conceptualizes bathing as a pleasant experience and results in decreased responsive behaviours. Learn more about our purpose, process, results and conclusions from the integration of evidence and stakeholder feedback informing our latest program due out in 2018 Learn more

Spotlight on the Alzheimer Society of Peel, Ontario. Winner of a GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care Award

AGE congratulates the Alzheimer Society of Peel (ASP) on receiving a 2016 | 2017 GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care award. This award recognizes their commitment to the integration of Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) across organizational policies and processes, as reflected in their award submission.

Learn more about this amazing team. They spoke to AGE about their commitment to GPA training, how they sustain GPA across the organization through annual refreshers and how GPA implementation is impacting staff and their commitment to person-centred patient care. Learn more

About Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care (GPA®)
GPA is a multi-disciplinary evidence-based dementia care curriculum that equips health care providers, students and volunteers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply a respectful, person-centred approach when interacting with older adults with dementia. To date, Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) has trained 3,074 GPA Certified Coaches who have delivered the program to more than 288,000 healthcare providers and students in 1,700+ organizations across Canada. Together, we are enhancing the care of older Canadians. We thank the Alzheimer Society of Peel  for their heartfelt commitment to GPA.

AGE Presents at the 9th Canadian Conference of Dementia (CCD), November 2017

Responsive Behaviour: Meeting the Learning Needs of Inter-Professional Post-Secondary Healthcare Students.

Increasing numbers of people with dementia are presenting to healthcare settings with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). Healthcare environments can trigger or intensify BPSD. Professional healthcare students are not consistently educated to interpret and manage PBSD. We presented our findings on the impact of our Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA®) curriculum on student confidence, competence, knowledge and caring. View poster  Learn more about AGE research

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