16-Aug-2019 8:00 AM - 17-Aug-2019 4:00 PM
711 W. Broadway @ Heather Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 3Y2

Dementia care: A comprehensive approach to support aging in place

Vancouver, British Columbia

Friday, August 16 to Saturday, August 17, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

As our population continues to age, the prevalence and impact of dementia will also increase. Occupational therapists have the skills to address the functional deficits and quality of life issues common with these clients and their families and we should be leading the way in providing optimal care for those with dementia. This two-day advanced workshop is designed to give you the evidence-based and hands-on skills needed to provide holistic care for this population, enhance dementia care programs at your setting, and provide effective caregiver and staff training programs.

Workshop topics:
Day 1:

  • Brief review of neurological basis underlying dementia and major neurocognitive disorders
  • Understanding the foundation for the Positive Approach to Care™ and putting it into practice
  • Review the state of the literature for evidence-based interventions to
    • Facilitate participation in ADLs and desired occupations
    • Minimize behavioral issues
    • Modify the environment to promote safety and engagement in occupation
    • Improve overall health and wellness
    • Decrease falls and utilization
    • Utilize alternative care approaches including multisensory programs
  • Review standardized assessments to monitor functional and cognitive abilities and deficits

Day 2:

  • Navigating the continuum of care and transitions for clients with dementia
  • Understand the occupational therapist’s role in advanced care planning and end-of-life care
  • Enhancing and assessing your
    • Dementia care program
    • Staff and caregiver training programs
  • Case studies – be prepared to discuss your own challenging experiences or program barriers

Goals and learning objectives:
After participating in this workshop, you will:

  1. Be proficient in utilizing the Positive Approach to Care™ in daily interactions to improve relationships, maximize function, and minimize negative behaviors.
  2. Understand the importance of caregiver competence and self-efficacy and develop strategies to provide caregiver training in a variety of settings.
  3. Understand current practices in non-pharmacological management strategies to improve participation and decrease dementia related negative behaviors.
  4. Identify the occupational therapist's role in program development for dementia care programs.
  5. Implement strategies to enhance the dementia care program and caregiver training in your practice.

Target audience:
This workshop is intended for occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, physiotherapists and speech-language pathologists who work with older adults whose cognitive deficits range from mild cognitive impairment to severe dementia. Applicable settings include acute care, inpatient, outpatient, rehabilitation centers, home, and day programs. Caregivers of people with dementia are also welcome to attend. Participants are expected to have knowledge of the different types of dementia and the associated functional impacts and experience working with this population.

Please note: Each participant is responsible to ensure they apply the information within the context of their licensure, provincial/territorial legislations, institution regulations, scope of practice, etc.

Areas of practice
Cognitive, Palliative/end-of-life care, Health promotion and wellness, Client service management

Client age groups
Seniors (65+ years old)

Workshop level:
Advanced (More than 5 years of experience with people with dementia)

Megan Bailes and Kevin Grunden

Megan Bailes, MSOTR/L, is an Occupational Therapist at Blue Ridge PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly). She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master’s of Science in OT and has over 10 years of experience working with the geriatric population in a variety of community and inpatient settings. She specializes in dementia care both in the home as well as at her PACE center. Megan is currently working on her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at the Jefferson College of Health Science.

Kevin Grunden, MS, CCC-SLP, received his Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University in 2000. He has over 15 years of experience working with the geriatric population specializing in dysphagia and dementia management. Kevin is a certified trainer for the Teepa Snow Positive Approach to Care™ and currently works at Blue Ridge PACE.

Both Kevin and Megan have presented nationally and internationally to professional and family caregivers on the topic of dementia care, program development, and caregiver training. They have developed an in-depth 8 course caregiver training series, staff training programs, and a holistic and robust dementia care program relevant to home and residential environments.

Proud sponsor:

Registration fees:
Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by May 22, 2019

CAOT Member and Associates

Non member*

In person - Individual



Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between May 23, 2019 and July 31, 2019

CAOT Member and Associates

Non member*

In person - Individual



Plus applicable taxes

Please note that for the 2018-2019 workshops, CAOT has reduced the registration fee for all registrants instead of offering a group rate. When available, CAOT offers late registration for workshops at the regular rate plus a $50 administration fee. We will only be able to accommodate if there is sufficient space.

Registration deadline: July 31, 2019 

*In many cases it would be more cost effective to become a CAOT Member or Associate rather than pay the non-member rate. See “Can a non-member register for a Workshop?” in our Workshop FAQ to know which membership category you are eligible for. 

Included with your registration fee:
Two-day workshop, electronic copy of presentation slide handouts, coffee/tea/water during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks, opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in this topic, one-hour Q&A webinar with the presenter approximately 1 month following the workshop, electronic certificate of attendance.

The Workshop registration fee has been reduced by $80 by not including lunch and snacks. Lunch and snacks are to be done on your own.

Save the date:
Q&A Webinar

Maximum number of registrants:

Workshop location:
Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre
711 W. Broadway @ Heather Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y2

Cancellation/refund policy:
All cancellation/refund requests must be sent in writing to education@caot.ca. Cancellation requests received prior July 31, 2019 will be given a 50% refund. CAOT will not provide a refund after the registration deadline. Substitutions are permitted, subject to a $50 administrative fee. CAOT reserves the right to cancel or modify the offering.

CAOT reserves the right to modify the workshop title, description, registration dates and information on the workshop webpage. CAOT will notify participants on or before July 5, 2019 if there is insufficient registration by that date and reserves the right to cancel a Workshop due to insufficient registration up until July 19, 2019. CAOT reserves the right to modify the offering, interrupt Workshops, change the timing of a Workshop, cancel a Workshop or change the location of a Workshop due to the presenter no longer being able to present the Workshop, severe weather, power failure, building closures or other special circumstances that are beyond the control of CAOT by notifying participants as soon as possible. If the Workshop is cancelled by CAOT, registrants will receive a full refund of the registration fee. CAOT will not be responsible for other costs or expenses incurred by registrants as a result of any such changes.

Additional questions?
If you would like to inquire on accessibility options available to you, please contact education@caot.ca or 1-800-434-2268 ext. 222.

If you would like to attend this workshop in another location, please complete this brief survey to let us know. Please note that the registration fee may vary from one location to another as there are different costs involved.

We invite you to consult the Workshop FAQ for an immediate response to the most frequent questions we receive regarding Workshops. Please do not hesitate to contact us at education@caot.ca or 1-800-434-2268 ext. 222 should you have additional questions or concerns.

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