New courses available for caregivers

These new courses for caregivers support resilience, independence, and quality of life with information, tools and strategies.

Caregiving Strategies topics include caring for the caregiver; pain, staying active, nutrition, bladder health, medication management, changes in thinking (delirium) and social engagement. The second course is Caregiving Essentials. As a caregiver, family member or friend you can improve your skills, knowledge and confidence.

Both courses are targeted towards caregivers of older adults. Caregiving Strategies emphasizes strategies for caregivers of older adults with frailty. Caregiving Essentials emphasizes care of the caregiver. Both courses are offered entirely online, free of charge, and are self-paced and not for academic credit. Both courses are hosted on the D2L Open Courses platform, and have a similar look and feel.

These courses have been created by McMaster Continuing Education and the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario (RGPO), respectively. These courses can be taken consecutively, concurrently, or each may be taken as a standalone course. They are complementary, rather than duplicative, in nature. Caregiving Essentials provides fundamental information about the caregiver role, including legal and financial information, system navigation and self-care. Up-to-date course information can be found here: https://mcmastercce.ca/caregiving-essentials

Caregiving Strategies is more clinical in nature, providing detailed information on practical topics including Pain, Staying Active, Nutrition and Bladder Health, Social Engagement, Delirium and more. Up-to-date course information can be found here: www.rgps.on.ca/caregiving-strategies/ These two free online courses include a handbook with tools, tips and links to greatresources. Tools, tips, resources and downloadable information is offered on the Caregiving Strategies website as well, for those who prefer not to take a course If you are a caregiver in need of support think about Community Care. Most of the services we offer can be thought of as support for caregivers. We invite you to reach out by calling 613-476-7493 and leaving a detailed message.

Foot Care Clinics Community Care has reopened the Foot Care Clinics in Picton and Wellington with new protocols for clients and staff. Professionally trained nurses provide foot care in a clinic setting. Community Care is contacting all foot care clients to schedule them an appointment.To become a client of the foot care program or for more information call 613-476-7493 and leave a detailed message. Note that the office is open by appointment only.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes