Dementia Care For Healthcare Workers

Developed by Ontario Tech University.



Designed by Ontario Tech University and their partners in long-term care, this suite of 9 dementia care microcredentials have been developed to address the dementia specific skills gap facing the long-term care sector. To increase the competency of new healthcare graduates as well as reaffirm current healthcare workers’ dementia care competencies, our subject matter experts have developed a comprehensive learning experience to prepare healthcare workers for this rewarding specialty.

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Course Description

Learn about the latest dementia care best practices from industry experts and network with sector professionals. Topics covered in this microcredential are:

  • Relationship Communication/Person-Centered Care
  • Combating Aging/Dementia-Related Stigma
  • Elder Abuse Prevention
  • Understanding/Management of Responsive Behaviors
  • Cognitive Assessment Tools
  • Self-Care for Dementia Care Workers
  • Palliative Care for Persons with Dementia
  • Crisis Intervention/Resolution
  • Cognitive Stimulation/Rehabilitation


Developed by Ontario Tech University with their partners, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and Alzheimer Society of Durham.

What You'll Learn

Equip yourself with the skills necessary to provide exceptional patient care
Solidify your delivery of person-centered care
Protect and advocate for patient safety and rights
Utilize effective communication strategies when working with dementia patients
Apply cognitive compensatory and adaptive interventions to promote cognitive functioning for patients

Frequently Asked Questions

Facilitator-led course start times can be found next to the course names and descriptions.
Microcredentials typically require between 8 and 10 hours a week of course work. For Facilitator- led microcredentials, there is one hour a week of on-line instruction from the facilitator.
Attendance during facilitated time is highly recommended as it provides the most value to the microcredentials with time to learn from industry experts, network with classmates, and deeper understanding of content. However, attendance is not mandatory and all sessions are recorded and posted afterwards on CANVAS.
What makes a TALENT microcredential different is the final assessment. There are weekly multiple choice questions that will guide your learning progress then learners are given a final assignment where they will apply their learning to a practical assignment. A facilitator will evaluate the final assignment and award a digital badge if the final assignment is completed successfully.
Microcredentials are 6 weeks long with 6-8 hours a week of course work. Self-paced and hybrid learners have the flexibility to complete the microcredential over three months at their own pace.
Microcredentials are a great way to differentiate yourself when searching for a job. The digital badge can be added to social platforms and resumes to demonstrate your skills. TALENT works closely with learners to guide and advise on learner's career journeys.
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