About The Project
How this project came to be, and our overall goals.
What is CACE?
CACE is the Centre for Ambulatory Care Education, an educational unit of the University of Toronto and Women’s College Hospital (WCH), physically located at WCH.
What is the CACE Homecare Curriculum?
The CACE Homecare Curriculum is an evidence-informed, online curriculum designed to support a variety of homecare workers in providing care to seniors experiencing delirium, dementia, or depression.
Why the tagline ‘Learning in place to support aging in place’?
This curriculum responds to a needs assessment conducted by SIMOne, which showed that as more and more seniors age in place (in their own homes), personal support and other home care workers want new knowledge to best support seniors. In particular, home care workers desired inteprofessional knowledge about caring for seniors with delirium, dementia, and depression.
So, based on education theory and research, we developed three different cases, set in three different homes. By setting the learning of each case in a virtual home, we provide a realistic virtual experience through which learners can develop new knowledge about homecare for seniors, thereby ‘learning in place.’
What will I get out of it?
After completing all three modules you will be able to download a certificate of completion. The objective of the curriculum are to:
- Better understand mental or physical illness and know when consult/referral is needed
- Distinguish between the definitions, signs, and symptoms of dementia, delirium, and depression
- Consider social, economic, and cultural influences on patients' health, experiences and practice
- Employ strategies for managing responsive behaviours with safety and compassion
- Identify fall risks and take steps toward fall prevention
- Employ effective communication strategies for interacting with individuals with cognitive and/or communication impairments
- Understand the roles of other professionals and identify when consult/referal is needed
Where do I begin?
You can do this individually or as a group with a facilitator. Help videos for facilitators are available here. These videos will help guide you through the website.