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The brainXchange has been a key partner in BSO since its inception, facilitating knowledge transfer and exchange activities within and between various groups. The brainXchange Resource Centre offers both information specific to the work of BSO as well as over 4,000 other useful resources within 80 searchable topic areas (including 150 archived webinars)! Discussion forums on the brainXchange provide the perfect place to access more than 6,000 network members across Canada as well as many others from the public who access the site to ask questions and share information and resources.

Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health (CCSMH)
The mission of the CCSMH is to promote the mental health of seniors by connecting people, ideas and resources.

Seniors Health Knowledge Network
SHKN’s goal is to improve quality of life for Ontario’s seniors and caregivers. This is achieved through sharing evidence-based care practices within all seniors’ health care venues, particularly among long-term and community care staff; and through informing policy development for service providers, care settings, and knowledge users.

Partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance
The Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance is focused on enhancing dementia care by changing the culture within long-term and community care to better reflect a relationship-centered, partnership approach to care.

Vancouver Island Health Authority - Delirium Resources
Information about delirium for families and health care professionals, including tools, flow sheets, learning tools, and professional practice information.

Registered Nursing Association of Ontario (RNAO) – Best Practice Guideline - Caregiving Strategies for Older Adults with Delirium, Dementia and Depression
This guideline has been developed to address the question of how best to care for older adults (65 years or older) with delirium, dementia and/or depression.

Registered Nursing Association of Ontario (RNAO) – Best Practice Guideline - Screening for Delirium, Dementia and Depression in the Older Adult
This guideline has been developed to improve the screening assessment of older adult clients for delirium, dementia and depression. This guideline does not include recommendations for the management of these conditions in day-to-day nursing practice.

Shifting focus: a guide to understanding dementia behaviour
Shifting focus is a tool to help the families and friends of people with dementia understand behaviour caused by the disease.

Vancouver Island Health Authority - Delirium Resources
Information about delirium for families and health care professionals, including tools, flow sheets, learning tools, and professional practice information.

Minority Populations

Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Training
The ICS training is a unique, facilitated on-line training program designed to increase knowledge, enhance self-awareness, and strengthen the skills of those who work both directly and indirectly with Aboriginal people. The goal of the ICS training is to further develop individual competencies and promote positive partnerships. Skilled facilitators guide and support each participant through dynamic and interactive learning modules. Participants will learn about terminology; diversity; aspects of colonial history such as Indian residential schools and Indian Hospitals, time line of historical events; and contexts for understanding social disparities and inequities. Through interactive activities participants examine culture, stereotyping, and the consequences and legacies of colonization. Participants will also be introduced to tools for developing more effective communication and relationship building skills.

French Language Toolkit 
The toolkit supports designated and identified health service providers in implementing and delivering quality services in French, as per their mandate. It is also a useful resource for other health service providers in meeting the needs of their patients/clients.

French Language Library
This page is a listing of French Language resources within the South West LHIN.

South West Refugee Resources


BSO OTN - Keeping it Simple with Practice Tools

A collection of practical resources, tools, videos and how to’s are available to help you and your team boost your OTN skills. Although created for BSO initiatives in long-term care, this collection is relevant to all health care sectors to enhance OTN use for meetings, educational and clinical events. Whether you’re getting started and want to eliminate the videoconference fear factor, building your skills to moderate meetings, creating learning opportunities or wishing to get on board with clinical applications, there’s something here for you.

     Educational Opportunities

Advanced Gerontological Education – Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA)
The Advanced Gerontological Education is a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides a variety of educational products to complete our mission of "enhancing the care of older adults by learning together."

Geriatric Certificate Program – McMaster University
The Geriatric Certificate Program aims to improve our aging population’s quality of care through a unique combination of well-developed educational programs.

Putting the P.I.E.C.E.S. Together
The foundation for a common vision, a common language, and common approach to the care of older people in the long-term care sector in the Province of Ontario, Canada has been achieved through the development of a comprehensive, system-wide approach to education.

U-First & Me & U-First
U-First! is a leading dementia education and training program in Ontario for healthcare professionals. The Me & U-First! Modules are an introduction to understanding responsive behaviours.


Dementiability & Montessori Methods
Our Vision is to create an environment where people living with dementia can achieve success and have the opportunity to live each day with meaning and purpose. DementiAbility strives to remove the focus that is too often placed on disability by replacing it with a focus on ability.

Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) - Education and Knowledge Translation
Workshops and training (in-person and online) designed for staff working in residential care environments such as long-term care homes, and train the trainer programs for educators; products and resources for a wide variety of audiences, such as persons living with dementia, family care partners, and professionals working in the dementia field.

Improving Dementia Education and Awareness (IDEA): Dementia Care 
Helps to identify and assess dementia, understand the experience of and communicating with people with dementia, developing person centred care, assessment and care planning, and understand end of life palliative care.

Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviours
This free online course will help you better understand the person and develop the skills needed to manage their challenging behaviour. 

Bridging the Dementia Divide
This course will look at the global challenge of dementia. It focuses on integrative collaboration and partnership working to reduce barriers between services and to provide seamless care for people living with dementia. 

The Many Faces of Dementia
Discover some of the key issues in dementia care and research by exploring four less common forms of dementia through the eyes of people affected by the condition, and world-leading experts at UCL. We’ll show how research into the signs, stages, symptoms and causes of less common forms can bring us closer to the aim of defeating dementia. 

Dementia: Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour
This free online course will help you better understand the person and develop the skills needed to manage their challenging behaviour.

Understanding Later Stage Dementia
Understand the experience, symptoms, and behavioural changes of a person with later stage dementia.

Sessions on understanding and supporting a person with dementia. 

Dementia Basics
Alzheimer’s Society Calgary

Dementia e-learning
Aimed at anyone who comes into contact with someone with dementia and provides a general introduction to the disease and the experience of living with it. This course is designed to be accessible to a wide audience and includes a considerable amount of  video footage shot by both the Alzheimer’s Society and SCIE where people with dementia and their carers share their views and feelings on camera.

Understanding Dementia
The University of Tasmania's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Understanding Dementia, is a 9 week online course that builds upon the latest in international research on dementia. It's free and anyone can enrol.

Living with Dementia: Impact on Individuals, Caregivers, Communities and Societies
Health professionals and students, family caregivers, friends of patients, and others interested in learning about dementia and quality care will acquire in this five-week course foundational knowledge in the care of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurocognitive disorders.

Bridging the dementia divide: supporting people living with dementia
You will learn about communication and compassion, and how you can help the person living with dementia to maintain independence, control, and a good quality of life. We will also consider what happens at the end of life.

Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia 

Mental Health & Addictions

Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia
This course is open to anyone with an interest in psychosis and caregiving issues.

Mental Health and Addiction 101 Series
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is pleased is offer you this series of free, quick, easy-to-use online tutorials.  These tutorials will introduce you to topics concerning substance use and mental health problems.

Mental Health and Addictions Information
One-page information sheets on many topics in mental health and addictions. 

Understanding Drugs and Addiction
Each week, we’ll be joined by some of the world’s leading scientists, who will present cutting edge neuro-scientific research - research that will lead to a greater understanding of how addiction develops and how we can treat it most effectively.

RNAO Addictions eLearning Series
This is a free course. When it comes to supporting clients with addictions, nurses in all practice settings can play a significant role and make a significant difference in their care. Use our e-Learning tool to broaden your understanding of the different factors that affect clients with addictions, so you can better support these clients.

Engaging Clients with Substance Use Disorders
This free course is intended to support nurses and health care professionals to support clients experiencing a substance use disorder. It will broaden your understanding of the factors that affect clients experiencing substance use disorders.

Primary Care

Mount Sinai - Dementia Resources for Primary Care

This is a website for primary care practitioners to support their work in providing care for older adults with dementia and responsive behaviours and their caregivers. In this website you will find tools, resources and information specifically designed for primary care settings. This program is part of the TC-LHIN Behavioural Support for Seniors Program, lead by the Reitman Centre for Alzheimer's Support and Training and by the PRC Program of Toronto, in partnership with the Regional Geriatric Program

Management of Dementia in Primary Care
BMJ E-Learning