December 2020
Turn a ho-hum hello into a delirium prevention, trust-building, senior friendly powerhouse
With your identity well concealed by PPE, you already know that introducing yourself to your patients is important, but what you say and how you say it can make the difference between senior friendly care and basic (not senior friendly) care.

6 Top Tips:
  1. Orient to time of day in your greeting as a quick and easy delirium prevention strategy.
  2. Use your patient's name to convey respect and trust. 
  3.  Say your name AND your role.
  4. Let the patient know the intent of the interaction in a way that asks for their permission or participation. It signals that the patient is an important partner in care. 
  5. Smile. It conveys warmth and compassion (even under a mask).
  6. Use this greeting format at the beginning of EVERY care interaction with an older adult.
  7. Wear a name tag which includes your name and role as a visual reminder of who you are. Ensure the font is large. 
What this looks like in practice:
"Good morning Mr. Sharma! You might not recognize me under my mask and gown, but its Maura, your personal support worker. May I assist you with getting dressed?"

Our sfCare coaches share bright ideas to support care providers of older adults living with frailty. Questions about sfCare or bright ideas for us to share? - email us!
January 22, 2021, 1-2pm
Health Equity Webinar Series: Part 1 - Are You Accidentally Ageist?
Presenters: Alekhya Johnson, MPH, & Sangita Singh, O.T. Reg. (Ont.)
What is health equity? What does health equity look like in older adult populations? Please join us for our health equity webinar series to learn about the practical applications of health equity.

Equity means fairness. Health equity means everyone has a fair opportunity to attain the best health possible for themselves. When we think about equity for older adults, the very first issue we need to address is ageism. Negative stereotypes about aging are pervasive in our society and research shows they can impact health outcomes in older adults. Come learn how we can identify, address, and combat ageism in healthcare.

Our free webinar series provides an excellent opportunity to learn from and engage with local and international subject matter experts. See past webinars, sign up for webinar invites 
Delirium Prevention Poster - NEW languages
We are pleased to release our most popular poster in Hebrew and Russian. Translations provided by Clalit Health Care Service in Israel who are currently implementing sfCare.

Free MP3 players with personalized music for people living with dementia in Ontario
This holiday season, anyone can give the free gift of music to someone in Ontario living with dementia!

"Listening to personalized music can be a powerful activity for those with dementia: music has the potential to increase physical and social activity; reignite older memories; and improve sleep, mood, cognition, communication, and overall quality of life." - Alzheimer Society Music Project

The Alzheimer Society Music Project provides free MP3 players loaded with personalized music to support people living with dementia. They are able to provide language-specific and culturally-specific music. Anyone can fill out a request form. Learn more or fill out a request form.
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