Western Canadian Conference on Dementia Care

March 3-4, 2016 | Metropolitan Hotel | Vancouver, BC



March 3, 2016

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Opening Keynote | Alzheimer Society of B.C.: Help for Today. Hope for Tomorrow…

Maria Howard
Alzheimer Society of B.C.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is a provincial charity working to positively change what it feels like to be a person living with dementia in B.C. through:

  • The Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative
  • The First Link® program
  • Health Care Provider education
  • Supporting research

Re-Imagining Seniors Living

Dan Levitt, MSc., CHE
Executive Director
Tabor Village
Adjunct Professor, Gerontology
Simon Fraser University

Dan Levitt, challenges societal attitudes toward aging by introducing a new approach residential living. The goal of this interactive talk is to start a new conversation that reframes elderhood as an exciting stage in human growth and development. The conventional narrative of decline in mid-life and beyond has been reinforced by the traditional nursing home as a place for confining frail elders. This session will provide inspiration, insight and a new lens to view housing and care as a spring board for the greatest chapter in life.

Networking and Coffee Break

Strategic Clinical Networks: Bridging to Innovate Health Care Delivery

  • Examining senior’s policy in Alberta
  • Transitioning patients from home care, to acute and LTC
  • Improving access to healthcare for seniors
  • Building partnerships and sustainability

Networking Luncheon

Dementia and Assisted Dying: Ethics and Understanding

Dr. Cécile Bensimon
Director of Ethics, Canadian Medical Association
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

  • Describe the key components of the Supreme Court of Canada’s judgement in Carter v. Canada
  • Describe the ethical and practical challenges of implementing physician-assisted dying in Canada
  • Identify relevant legal and ethical considerations for dementia care

Reduction of Antipsychotic Medications and Playbook Development for the Care of Residents with Dementia

Erin Bampton
Director, Care and Quality
The Good Samaritan Society

Jessica Chisholm
Unit Manager
Good Samaritan Society

  • Identify patients who may benefit from non-drug therapies to treat behavioural issues associated with dementia
  • Training staff at one site to work together to provide a person-centered, non-pharmacological approach
  • Innovation for improved quality of life for patients and residents

Networking Break

Culture Change in Dementia Care : Moving Toward U.K’s Dementia Care Matters, “Butterfly Household Model® of Approach

Renate K. Sainsbury
General Manager
Lifestyle Options Retirement Communities

Jennifer Mabugat Chan, RN, BScBA, GNC©
Director of Care/Clinical Lead
Lifestyle Options Retirement Communities

  • Short introduction what it takes as an Operator/Strategic Level to launch the first “Butterfly Home”® in Canada, adapted from U.K’s Dementia guru, Dr. David Sheard
  • Compare and list how to transform Physical space to a dementia friendly household using tools from Dementia Care Matters® and increase awareness of the importance of dining and enhance residents meal experience. (LOOK CHECKLIST 30 Indicators)
  • Apply Key features and Inspiring Actions in Person Centered Dementia Care using tool checklist as evidence
  • Describe the benefit from shared learning’s from one of the first Butterfly Care Homes launched in Canada.
  • Short 5-minute video of the “My Butterfly Home”® in Canada

Just Do It – Innovation in Dementia Care

Patricia (Trish) Barbato
Senior Vice President, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships
Revera Inc.

  • Learn how to quickly and efficiently create an innovation structure that supports creativity and risk-taking within your organization
  • Discuss insights on evolving stakeholder needs
  • Learn how to use strategic partnerships to bring together dementia field specialists and emerging technology

Chair’s Closing Remarks and Conference Adjourns for the Day

March 4, 2016

Continental Breakfast

Opening Keynote | BCSLA

Tony Baena
Vice President
BC Seniors Living Association (BCSLA)

  • Enhancing collaborative relationships
  • Promoting and monitoring service delivery standards
  • Advocating for resident choice in exercising these options
  • Standardizing definitions related to retirement communities

Dealing with Legal Issues in Care

Martha Jane Lewis
Executive Director
BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support

  • Legal issues related to admission and transfer
  • Legal issues arising while living in residential care
  • Capacity & consent and Substitute decision-making

Networking Coffee Break

Nutrition and Meal Planning for Residents with Dementia

Stan Fisher
St. Michael’s Health Care

  • Making the most of meal time for an aging population.
  • What are some of the desired outcomes for making the most of meal times?
  • Developing / targeting interventions / advocating with decision makers about choice / service / purpose (funders/families/physicians/volunteers)
  • An education process for care providers. Regular and Frequent as Fibre Induced

Networking Luncheon

Ethical Foundations of Person-centred Care: From Theory to Practice

Dr. MaryLou Harrigan
Project Manager, Provincial Tertiary Mental Health
Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine
University of British Columbia

Philosophies of care built on the principles of person-centredness are generally recognized as the gold standard in residential care. This interactive session will describe the ethical values that underpin the honouring of “personhood” and then engage participants in practical application by exploring examples of current best practice models such as the Eden Alternative ™ and P.I.E.C.E.S. ™.

Approaches to Staff Training for Dementia Care

Cynthia Dunn
CEO/Director of Care
Choices Dementia Service

Karen Tyrell
Personalized Dementia Solutions Inc.

  • Looking at current trends in staff training options in dementia care
  • How person centered approaches towards staff impact the implementation of person-centered care toward clients/residents
  • Insights gained from providing on site dementia education for over 20 residential care homes
  • Exploring best practices for future staff training in dementia care

Networking Coffee Break

Panel | Dementia Care Initiatives: Changing Practice for Seniors Care

Sharon Galloway
Professional Practice Director, Residential Practice
Vancouver Coastal Health

Jo-Ann Tait
Director Elder Care and Palliative Services
Providence Health Care

Jasjit Gill
VCH Dementia C.A.R.E Team Lead
Vancouver Residential Practice Team

Conference Concludes

Dementia Care
Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 6 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.