Education for the Care Partner
The Enhancing Care for Ontario Care Partners Program
Delivered in partnership with the Sinai Health System Reitman Centre, the Enhancing Care (EC) Program offers therapeutic skills training to family or other unpaid care partners who are giving care to individuals living with dementia. The program provides practical skill-building and emotional support to help care partners deal with the stress and complexities of caregiving.
The First Link Learning Series
The First Link Learning Series offers a comprehensive overview of dementia, coping strategies, resources and support systems, spread over five progressive modules, each one building upon the other.
First Link is facilitated by our Registered Social Workers and allied health professionals. Throughout the series participants are offered the opportunity to share and connect with others embarking on the dementia journey.
NEW – First Link On Demand
Two of our First Link Learning Series modules, First Steps for Care Partners and Care Essentials are now available online!
Learn how you can take these informative programs from the comfort of your own home.
First Link – First Steps for Care Partners
This four week course of the First Link Learning Series provides an introduction to Alzheimer’s disease
and other dementias and is intended for the care partners, family members and friends of individuals with
dementia. Facilitated by registered health professionals and utilizing expert guest speakers, topics covered
include: types of dementia, changes in the brain, coping strategies, planning for the future, managing risks and
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First Link – Care Essentials
This four week course for family caregivers and care partners other problem solving strategies related to communication, responsive behaviours, caregiver burnout and expected changes in mid-stage progression of the illness.
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First Link – Options for Care
This three week course for family caregivers and care partners assists the participants to evaluate their current caregiving needs and explore other available care options, including in-home care, adult day programs and long-term care.
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First Link – Care in the Later Stages
This three week course helps family caregivers and care partners understand what to expect in the later stages of dementia. This module will also explore how participants can provide comfort to the person as well as review the experiences of grief and loss.
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First Link – Condensed First Steps/Care Essentials
This six week course provides a condensed version of the First Link Learning Series (First Steps for the Care Partner and Care Essentials) in Strathroy.
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Life After Dementia
For bereaved care partners and family members. Life After Dementia is a three-week series that explores the unique experience of grieving the death of a person with dementia.