Spe­cial train­ing

The Glengarry News - - Health, Beauty, Fitness, Nutrition -

Two Corn­wall Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal staff mem­bers have com­pleted re­search un­der the guid­ance of the Mount Si­nai Health Sys­tem, well known for its ex­per­tise in car­ing for the el­derly.

Mandy Lane, a men­tal health coun­sel­lor, and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist Sylvie Thau­vette Le­gros, from the Geri­atric Day Hos­pi­tal, par­tic­i­pated in a study at the Reit­man Cen­tre for Alzheimer’s Support and Train­ing. The Coach­ing, Ad­vo­cacy, Respite, Ed­u­ca­tion, Re­la­tion­ship, Sim­u­la­tion pro­gram is led by Dr. Joel Sa­davoy, a lead­ing author­ity on geri­atric men­tal health. It is the only cen­tre of its kind in Canada ded­i­cated to com­pre­hen­sive care for care­givers of pa­tients with de­men­tia.

CCH rep­re­sen­ta­tives and com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers from the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Corn­wall and District, and Cham­plain Lo­cal Health In­te­gra­tion Net­work (LHIN) par­tic­i­pated in a post-pro­gram fo­cus group led by Dr. Mary Chiu, to dis­cuss pro­gram im­pact and dis­sem­i­na­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for the CAR­ERS pro­gram in Corn­wall and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

The pro­gram could fill a gap in the area, as clin­i­cians ob­served that with en­hanced knowl­edge, prob­lem­solv­ing tech­niques, care­giv­ing com­pe­tence and emo­tional well-be­ing, fam­ily care­givers may be bet­ter pre­pared for and sus­tained in their role. The fo­cus group also con­sid­ered dif­fer­ent strate­gies, for ex­am­ple, by adapt­ing the face-to-face group onto a live-stream­ing video­con­fer­enc­ing plat­form.

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