Downloadable copies of Safe Medicines for Seniors, A Guide for Caregivers are now available in English and French.
The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA), developer of this screening tool and resource guide for caregivers, has PDF versions of the guides available for download in English and French from www.pharmacists.ca/caregivers, www.pharmacists.ca/aidants. If you are
interested in ordering larger quantities please contact: CPhA Customer
Service 1-800-917-9489, or email@example.com
For permission to reprint the Guide for Caregivers for reasons other than personal use, contact The Canadian Pharmacists Association.
The final newsletter for the Building Awareness of Safe Use of Medicines Among Family Caregivers of Seniors and Chronically Ill Children (the Safe Use Project) is now available online. In the final issue, you can read about the successful completion of Safe Medicines for Seniors training-of-trainers workshops, learn about the steps taken to keep up the momentum for the benefit of caregivers of seniors, find related news and events, and download the Safe Medicines for Seniors workshop tools.
Safe Use of Medictions Project - Training of Trainers Workshops
The Project has trained more than 100 facilitators to offer "Safe Medicines for Seniors workshops to caregivers in over 50 communities across the country. The workshop tools - Safe Medicines for Seniors, A Workshop for Caregivers Facilitators Manual and Safe Medicines for Seniors, A Guide for Caregivers - can now be downloaded from the web site.
The second newsletter for the Building Awareness of Safe
Use of Medicines Among Family Caregivers of Seniors and Chronically Ill
Children (the Safe Use Project) is now available online.
Targeting caregivers and service providers, the newsletter highlights
the upcoming Safe Use of Medicines Workshops that will be held
across the country. "The goal of these workshops is to prepare service
providers who work with family caregivers to deliver an educational workshop
to these caregivers," says Bonnie Schroeder of VON Canada and a partner
in the initiative. "We have developed a number of tools that will
assist family caregivers safely manage and administer medications to those
they care for and it is these tools that we hope will ultimately be communicated
and delivered to the family caregivers".
introduces MedsCheck, August, 2007
The province of Ontario has just introduced MedsCheck, a unique program
for Ontario residents that allows them to schedule an annual discussion
with a pharmacist for up to 30 minutes. Under this new program, family
caregivers are able to meet with the pharmacist on behalf of the person
they provide care to. The program is free. For more information, visit
the MedsCheck web site.
The Safe Use of Medications Project presented a poster about the Information
Needs of Caregivers of Children with a Chronic Illness at the Festival
of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology
on June 17, 2007 in Toronto. The poster summarizes the results of an assessment
of parents’ need for education and information on safe medication
use. The needs assessment involved a literature review, consultation with
service providers, and interviews with parents of children with a chronic
illness. Individuals from a range of stakeholder groups attending the
conference visited the poster and engaged in discussions with project
staff. View the poster.
Based on the research and consultation undertaken through the project,
Building Awareness of Safe Use of Medications Among Caregivers of
Seniors and Chronically Ill Children, the presentation will explore
issues surrounding the needs of family caregivers for education and support
with safe medication use.
Building Awareness of Safe Use of Medicines Among Family
Caregivers of Seniors and Chronically Ill Children (the
Safe Use Project) now has a new vehicle for making its information available
to caregivers and service providers.
Published twice a year, the Bulletin newsletter will feature highlights
and developments in the Safe Use Project. The Project aims to promote
awareness among caregivers of dependent seniors and children with chronic
illness of the safe use of medicine and the prevention of medication misuse.
“We’re sending a message to caregivers that they’re
not alone, and there are many resources available,” says Dr. Joan
Campbell, Director. “The Bulletin newsletter is another way to get
the word out.”
Safe Use of Medicines project launched
Ottawa – September 27, 2006 – In
2005, the Canadian Association for Community Care (CACC), the Canadian
Pharmacists Association (CPhA), and VON Canada embarked on a three-year
project that aims to promote awareness among family caregivers of dependent
seniors and children with chronic illness about the safe use of medicines
and the prevention of medication misuse. “The CACC has long promoted
the safe use of medicines to family caregivers. We are excited to be a
partner in this new initiative,” comments Dr. Joan Campbell, President
and CEO of the CACC.
Supported by the Government of Canada’s Drug Strategy Community
Initiatives Fund, the project will produce a bilingual workshop and tools
for caregivers of seniors; assess the needs of parents and guardians of
children with chronic illness for educational resources on the safe use
of medications; and strengthen links among community pharmacists and other
care providers working with family caregivers; “We see a role for
Community Pharmacists in the education of medication use. This project
will provide Community Pharmacists the opportunities to explore this role,”
says Dr. Barry Power, Director of Practice Development of the CPhA.
A key aspect of the project will be train-the-trainer workshops. Service
providers from across Canada who work directly with family caregivers
will be invited to participate in regional training sessions to learn
how to use and promote tools that will assist caregivers in safely administering
and managing medicines. “VON Canada is pleased to be involved in
training some of its nurses to use the tools produced from this project.
This training will be of benefit to our nurses who are at the front line
being involved with caregivers in the community”, explains Bonnie
Schroeder, Project Manager, National Projects of VON Canada.
The project partners, with the input of a national panel of experts have
recently released the report: Building Awareness of the Safe Use of
Medicines Among Family Caregivers of Children with Chronic Illness: Synthesis
of the Literature. The report deals with medication use issues affecting
children with chronic illness and their families.
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