June - Know Your Resident Month!

We love our residents that's why June is ️Know Your Resident️ month!  

We put together some resources on different ways to engage with residents and seniors, how to keep your residents active and involved and how to know if someone you care for has undergone changes that may alter how you provide care.

We recognize the special relationships that are made in continuing care communities and we want to hear about and celebrate them!

Maybe you have a weekly coffee with a special someone, or maybe a resident has gone out of their way to show you how much you mean to them!  We want to celebrate these bonds that are created from trust and remind everyone why we work in this amazing field called continuing care!

 Click on the heart to share how your residents have made an impact on your life and you will be entered to win a CCSA prize!

 ATTENTION:  New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) - The Program provides grants and contributions funding for projects that make a difference in the lives of seniors and in their communities. Learn more...

Seniors' Week - June 2-8, 2019
Check out events happening in your community and register your event at: www.seniors-housing.alberta.ca/events/

Who are your residents?

The relationship between seniors and caregivers is a unique one; it relies on mutual trust and respect. It is not simply about providing assistance, but about building relationships.

The Legacy Project has created “fill-in-the-blanks” life story sheets to help you get to know more about the residents you care for and help them tell and share their stories with caregivers and loved ones. 

StoryTelling Toronto provides an online storytelling resource guide to aid in collecting the stories of senior adults.

Cape Breton students make storybooks from seniors' lives - CBC News (Audio)

10 Communication Tips for Dementia Caregivers - Crisis Prevention Institute

How to Build a Positive Relationship With Your Client's Family - Crisis Prevention Institute

Communication, an information sheet by the Alzheimer Society of Canada

Communicating with Older Adults: An Evidence-Based Review of What Really Works - Gerontological Society of America (you will need to register to access this free document)

Alberta Health Care Aide Competency Profile - Alberta Health - this document includes a section on communicating with your residents and families

Have you heard of dignity therapy? “Dignity Therapy" was developed by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov to assist people dealing with the imminent end of their lives.

It gives patients [/residents] a chance to record the meaningful aspects of their lives and leave something behind that can benefit their loved ones in the future. Learn more about Dignity Therapy.


How is your resident feeling?

As resident's needs and states can change day to day or even hour to hour, asking questions to determine how your resident feels at the time they need your assistance is important to not only the safety of the caregiver but also the resident. Remember there is a significant correlation between caregiver safety and resident safety.  When preparing to help your residents with mobility, remember the acronym S.A.F.E. - Scan, Adjust, Follow-Through, and Evaluate!

Consider these questions when assessing your resident’s state or abilities:

- Was my resident happy to see me? Or did they tell me to go away?
- How is my resident feeling right now?
- Does my resident verbalize pain or are there non-verbal cues my resident is in pain (moaning, crying, constant shifting, grimaces, winces, clenched jaw or clenched grip on an object)?
- Is my resident able to assist like they did yesterday or earlier?
- Is my resident cooperating with following instructions?
- oes my resident seem confused about what I am asking?
- Is my resident being resistive (pushing back against the caregiver, trying to grab the caregiver’s hands)?
- Is my resident verbalizing?
- Is my resident self-talking (mumbling or talking to things not present)?
- Is my resident hallucinating or seeing things that are not there?
- Is my resident pacing or otherwise occupied in any stemming activities (rocking, hand twirling, hand waving)?


Working with Dementia: Safe Work Practices for Caregivers - WorkSafe BC - video series including on-the-spot assessments

Resident Mobility Assessment Flowchart - CCSA

Resident Mobility Assessment Form – CCSA

Recognizing escalating behaviours S.T.A.M.P. card - CCSA

Point of Care Assessments Worksheet – SafeCare BC

Point of Care Assessment Card – SafeCare BC

Responding to Behaviours Due to Dementia: Able Care Planning Guide - Sunnybrook Veterans Centre

Tips for Challenging Behaviour handout - Mind and Memory Matters


How to engage your residents? 

Here are some resources to help your residents keep on their toes with activities for mind and body!

New!! Have you taken your residents on an outing lately? Have you heard of Peaceful Valley Day Lodge? "Peaceful Valley Provincial Recreation Area and Day Lodge provides opportunities for organizations who serve the elderly disabled and terminally ill in Central Alberta to provide day trips for clients to a beautiful, serene location for day trips.  Visitors are immersed in nature and can enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Battle River valley, multiple outdoor recreation options or simply relax in the comfort of the craftsmen style lodge."

We found free large print crossword puzzles for seniors from QETS and free large print word search puzzles from Puzzle.ca!

Indoor and Outdoor Games for Senior Citizens - From LovetoKnow - Board games, card games, and electronic games for seniors can be great ways to keep seniors moving and stimulate neurons.

Fun & Activities for Seniors: Why Play Is Important and How to Do More of It - Great Senior Living article

20 Practical Activities For People Living With Alzheimer’s Disease - Golden Carers - Some of the activities suggested are Montessori based, developed to promote and maintain existing skills.

Health Arts Society of Alberta (HASA) - provide Concerts in Care for elders in care across the province

Chimo Animal Assisted Wellness & Learning Society Seniors Housing program - Pet therapy

CAHS K9 Community Outreach Pet Visitation Program - Pet therapy

Meaningful Activities - Teepa Snow video

Connecting Through Music - Teepa Snow video

An Introduction to Music Therapy - Demystifying Medicine (McMaster University)


Dose of Virtual Reality Helps Seniors Thrive - wibwtvvideo