The Niagara College Dementia Experience, allows the participants to experience the cognitive and physical limitations which older adults may experience completing activities of daily living, and by concluding with a small-group debrief, we provide an empathetic and person-centered care approach when working with individuals living with dementia. This hands-on experience allows participants to “walk in the shoes” of someone living with the symptoms of dementia, and provides an opportunity for participants to demonstrate an increased understanding of the emotional needs of those individuals.
Whether you have worked in healthcare for 5 years or 25 years, you will have experienced change – probably lots of change! Recognizing, anticipating, and adapting to change can better prepare you and your clients for success. In this presentation, our keynote speaker will reflect on her own evolution within Canada’s changing healthcare landscape, and offer some insights on the challenges and opportunities facing healthcare providers today. (Hint: It involves, at least partly, learning how to fit in while also standing out.)
This presentation will evaluate the benefits of a lighter wheelchair and its importance for the user and anyone involved in the wheelchair industry. The decisions you make when ordering and setting up a wheelchair will impact and wheelchair weight and efficiency and can have a significant effect on user function, independence and safety.
This workshop will provide an introduction to the McKenzie Method and its application to senior care. An overview of why the McKenzie Method of MDT was established and how it evolved into an evidence-based and client centred approach that is diagnostic, therapeutic and prognostic will be discussed. The McKenzie Method of MDT has been used by Physiotherapists in orthopaedic, clinical settings throughout the world. We will explore how this approach can be applied successfully to community-based senior care for the assessment and treatment of orthopaedic conditions.
How to help your client navigate in the seating and mobility world.
This session will review important information to share with your client when reviewing wishes, wants and needs for seating and mobility systems. When a client/family is overwhelmed decision making with respect to initial equipment needs as a result of aging factors, illness or sudden functional changes, it is important to help them understand what assistive devices are available. Assisting them to navigate the critical pathways to gain an appropriate mobility device that is both functional and comfortable is essential. Full transparency as to the role of the OT Authorizer is critical. Additionally, it is important to provide the client with information to empower them to make appropriate choices as you guide them through third party funding while at the same time meeting their personal wishes and functional needs.
It is well documented that manual tilt-in-space wheelchairs provide seat angle adjustments that can facilitate pressure relief, postural control, and activity specific positioning for persons with neurologic disabilities such as CVA, CP, ALS, and MS. Despite these clinical benefits, manual tilt-in-space chairs are often not prescribed due to limitations related to independent propulsion, weight, and vehicle transport. Following a CVA, many individuals receive an upright manual wheelchair that limits their functional capabilities because it has not been customized to match their postural support or mobility needs. This presentation will explore the research supporting the use of tilt for individuals with neurologic disabilities. Topics will include: how changes in seat angle affect posture and pressure distribution, seat height and angle characteristics that impact self-propulsion, the relationship between independent mobility and incidence of pressure ulcers, and how changes in seat angle can affect participation in activities of daily living, such as transfers and eating. Clinical justification for the use of tilt will be presented. Lastly, participants will be educated on options to achieve the clinical benefits of manual tilt while enabling independent propulsion and vehicle transport.
Slings are an integral component of the mechanical/ceiling lift. It is essential that the sling “fit the resident” to provide a safe, comfortable experience while being lifted to reduce the stress and fear which can be associated with being lifted. This presentation will illustrate differences in sling size and shape and its effects on client position and skin health. Techniques for applying slings both in bed and in the wheelchair will be presented in order to focus on prevention of stress on both the caregiver and resident.
Participants will be introduced to benefits of sling size and shape selection
Participants will be provided with demonstration of application of slings to residents both in bed and in the wheelchair
Participants will gain understanding of implications of slings being left under residents for long periods.