Resources designed for health professionals to help with attitudinal competencies and communication skills that are essential for the care of older adults.
Canada’s population is getting older. As of July 2015, the population of people 65 and older is now larger than the number of children under 15 (Statistics Canada, 2015).
Virtually all health professionals will care for an older adult at some point in their career. The changing demographics of the Canadian population necessitates that health care professional students are adequately prepared to meet the changing and complex health and social care needs of older adults and acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to address the uniqueness of providing health care for older persons.
This web-based program, or 'toolkit', is grounded in evidence and our own research, and consists of an online course, a video case study, and other resources to help improve attitudes and communication skills essential for the care of older adults.
The BUILDING COMPETENCE IN OLDER ADULT CARE course is a self-directed, interactive e-learning course focused on older adult care, and is intended to assist with the development of key competencies identified for the Interprofessional Approach to Caring for Older Adults.
Through a series of brief modules, the course addresses the following six competencies:
In order to receive a Certificate of Participation, you will need to complete all of the required learning modules within the course.
As you work through the course, you will be referred to a 'workbook'. The workbook is a fillable PDF that should be available and open as you work through the course. The workbook provides another record of your participation and learning within the course.
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Designed as a stimulus for teaching and learning, this video walks through 2 alternate versions of a scenario involving Kathryn, who has been living alone since her husband died 5 years ago. The video can be used by preceptors/teachers as a springboard for in-class discussions of some of the interactions among the interprofessional team and the patient. Example clips are also used within the e-learning course.
There are other resources available to you as well. These have been organized into six categories based on key themes that health professionals should consider when working with older adults. These themes were identified through a review of the literature and internet-based resources on attitudes and approaches to working with older adults. The categories are:
Learners from various health professions have participated in the selection, assessment and review of the resources listed on this site.
Vanina Dal-Bello Haas
Anthony J. Levinson
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