January 2014

PiDC Alliance Connection Newsletter Winter 2014

The Winter edition of the PiDC Alliance Connection newsletter is now available.

PiDC Alliance at CAG 2014

PiDC Alliance presents at CAG 2014: Landscapes of Aging

On October 17th 2014 the PiDC Alliance had the pleasure of presenting a symposium at the 43rd Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology 2014 - the Landscapes of Aging.

The symposium Changing the culture of dementia care: The work of the Partnerships in Dementia Care (PIDC) Alliance included an overview of the culture change work happening in four diverse dementia care settings.

The first presentation Dawn and Discovery process rooted in "Culture" at Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care described how community-oriented values are being integrated with East-Asian culture to foster caring relationships within a LTC home.

The second presentation Partnering together to Dream and Design a new culture of dementia care shares the process, strategies, learnings, and tools used to envision new possibilities and create aspiration statements being used to guide a culture change process within a dementia-specific LTC home.

The third presentation The Heart of Dementia Care in a Community Setting: Insights on Relationships from the Huron County Culture Change Coalition presented research findings to illuminate key relational elements that exist for various partners involved in dementia care in a rural community setting.

The fourth presentation Putting LIVING First: Reflections on the Culture Change Journey at The Village of Wentworth Heights focused on learnings from a process in which residents, family members, staff members, and researchers work together to put living first in their LTC home. 

The full presentation is available at: Changing the Culture of Dementia Care: The Work of the Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance 

Yee Hong featured in the Huffington Post

On September 8 2014 the Huffington Post posted an article which featured one of our culture change coalitions - Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric care. Keep up the great work Yee Hong!

"Unable to communicate what's wrong and losing all freedom of movement is the stuff of nightmares and the reason that Yee Hong was established to provide culturally appropriate care for people who were unable to communicate their care needs in English language nursing homes. The isolation and fear accelerated their deterioration. Yee Hong not only has staff who speak several language including Chinese but three different types of kitchens, including woks and tandoori ovens -- all evidence of the resident-centred care that is more than a catch phrase. Staffing and resources are adjusted, even within the existing funding envelopes, to maximize attention for those who need it. And while they haven't solved entirely the puzzle of dementia care, at least they have a psychiatrist on staff -- a rarity among nursing homes."

-Susan Eng.

The full article see Canadian Healthcare Needs to Tackle Dementia 

Dr. Sherry Dupuis Recognized as Canadian Women Changing Healthcare

Congratulations Dr. Dupuis! 

It is with great pride that we report that Dr. Sherry Dupuis has been named one of the 14 Canadian Women Changing Healthcare. 

The Canadian Women Changing Healthcare annual list "honours a group of women who’ve shown selfless leadership, relentless commitment to change and act as role models that all of us, men and women alike, should seek to emulate.  They represent the health spectrum – professionals, educators, business executives, creatives, and of course, patients. The work they do impacts and benefits all of us." -Zal Press, Executive Director, Patient Commando

Dr. Sherry Dupuis' profile can be viewed on Patient Commando

PiDC Alliance Connection Newsletter Summer 2014

Welcome Chartwell Long-Term Care Residences!

Welcoming Chartwell Long-Term Care Residences to the Partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance.


We are excited to welcome Chartwell Long-Term Care Residences to the PiDC Alliance. The Alliance will be partnering with two homes: The Willowgrove (Ancaster, Ontario) that accommodates 169 residents, supported by 210 staff members; and The Royal Oak (Kingsville, Ontario) that accommodates 160 residents, supported by 210 staff members. 

Chartwell homes strive to make people's lives better by providing a happy, healthy and more fulfilling life experiences for older adults; peace of mind for residents' loved ones; and attracting and retaining employees who care about making a difference in residents' lives. Chartwell values respect, empathy, service excellence, performance, education, commitment, and trust.

We are looking forward to our new partnership with Chartwell and assisting with their culture change journey!

PiDC Alliance Symposia at CAG

PiDC Alliance Symposia Session at CAG 2014

We are excited to announce that we have been accepted to present the symposia session: Changing the Culture of Dementia Care: The work of the Partnerships in Dementia Care (PIDC) on Friday, October 17, 2014 4 - 5:30 pm at the 43rd Annual Canadian Association on Gerontology Conference: Landscapes of Aging. 

Celebrating Bloomington Cove's Success!

On June 25th, the Partnering Together for Change Coalition at Bloomington Cove celebrated their successes thus far with residents, family members, staff, administration and citizens from the broader community. Leadership from Leisure World were also in attendance for the festivities.

CCC members shared their experiences and Bloomington Cove’s dedication to the culture change process. The event was an opportunity to launch four aspiration statement posters and staff lanyard tags that are being used to share the new vision for Bloomington Cove with others and gather ideas and strategies from residents, family members, staff, and community partners on how Bloomington Cove can make their aspiration statements a reality. The feedback will inform their Design phase as they move forward in the culture change journey.

Photo courtesy of Cathy Greenblat. Copyright 2011.

Call for Volunteers - Persons with Dementia Advisory Group

Call for Volunteers - Persons with Dementia Advisory Group

The Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance would like to invite persons with dementia to participate in an advisory group to assist with our research project that is seeking to enhance the culture of dementia care in Canada.

We know how important it is for everyone involved in the care process to have a positive care experience.

We would like to invite you to participate in an advisory group which would meet monthly in-person (Kitchener-Waterloo), or bi-monthly over the phone (toll-free) to provide feedback on our process, assist us with decision-making, and share information about what persons with dementia might want/need during their journey.

This information will be used to inform our culture change process and enhance care for persons with dementia. 

If you are interested in participating please contact:

Sian Lockwood Knowledge Translation Specialist

The PiDC Alliance is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) grant. This study has been reviewed by and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (519-888-4567, Ext. 36005).   

Knowledge Translation in Dementia Care: It Takes a Community Workshop

Knowledge Translation in Dementia Care
It Takes a Community Workshop

On May 20, 2014 Dr. Sherry Dupuis, Dr. Jenny Ploeg, Dr. Carrie McAiney and Sian Lockwood (Partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance) had the pleasure of attending the Knowledge Translation in Dementia Care Workshop led by Dr. Catherine Ward-Griffin (Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University).                                                            Pictures

Funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), the workshop examined the challenges and opportunities within community-based dementia care. The goal of the workshop was to develop an action plan that will assist Canadians in achieving dementia-friendly communities and create new and diverse partnerships that will mobilize and advocate for community resources for persons living with dementia and their families.

Collaborators from 25 regional, provincial, and national organizations, as well as researchers from Western University, Lakehead University, McMaster University and the University of Waterloo contributed to planning and organizing the workshop.

Cracked: New Light on Dementia @ SpringWorks Festival 2014

 The Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance was proud to sponsor showings of the innovative research drama about dementia Cracked: new light on Dementia at the SpringWorks Festival 2014. We were thrilled to see children, adults and seniors all enjoying the show!


Changing language changes perception of people with dementia

Changing language changes the perception of people with dementia

Dr. Sherry Dupuis speaks at the recent OLTCA/ORCA convention.

The annual OLTCA/ORCA Together We Care convention and trade show, which ran March 31 to April 2, is Canada’s largest gathering of long-term care and retirement home professionals.

Staff Discovery at Yee Hong

The Yee Hong Culture Change Coalition had a busy meeting reading through all of the staff Discovery data. Great appreciative feedback was received. They also met with the recreational therapists to try to gain an understanding of how best to involve the residents in Discovery, they had some great ideas. More to come on this...

Tickets on Sale! Cracked New Light on Dementia Play

Cracked: new light on dementia play will be included in the upcoming SpringWorks theatre festival, in Stratford.

Friday, May 9...12:00 p.m. St. John's United Church

Saturday, May 10...4:00 p.m. St. John's United Church

Thursday, May 15...8:00 p.m. Factory163.



Congrats Partnering Together for Change!

Congratulations! to our Partnering Together for Change Coalition for receiving the Engaged Older Adults/Residents Challenge Award at the Walk with Me Changing the Culture of Aging Conference.

Starting to Design an Ideal Care Environment in Huron County

The Huron County CCC members are busily working away on their design plan and creating a video to showcase their partnerships, and their vision for an ideal care environment in Huron County. We look forward to seeing more! 

Register for the next webinar - Dreaming of an ideal future for dementia care

Dreaming of an ideal future for dementia care: The third phase of Culture Change Process

Date: March 19, 2014
Time: 12 pm - 1 pm


What is Culture Change at The Village Wentworth Heights

A great poster created by our Reaching for New Heights Culture Change Coalition (Village of Wentworth Heights). A perfect way to share their culture change message. 

Re-imagining Dementia through the Arts Artwork now Online!

The Re-imagining Dementia through the Arts Artwork is now viewable on our website.

In this arts and community-based research project we brought persons with dementia, family members, visual and performance artists, and researchers together in a one-day workshop to explore the implications of the tragedy discourse for persons and families experiencing dementia and work with them to begin to create an alternative discourse.

Working collaboratively, eight visual and poetic expressions were created that reflect what persons with dementia want the world to know about them: despite loss and sadness they are supported by loving networks, embracing life, remaining active and engaged, breaking the silence, and transforming with new possibilities. 

Congratulations Sherry!

Congratulations! goes out to Sherry Dupuis for receiving the Partnership in Dementia award at the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program - Event Through our Eyes: Living with Dementia

For more information on any of the PiDC Alliance initiatives, contact Sian Lockwood, Knowledge Translation Specialist.

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