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  • Contact List – GEM

    Contact list for the provincial GEM Network.

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  • FAQ – GEM

    This document answers the most frequently asked questions about the GEM program.

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  • Guidelines – Collaborative Model of Emergency Departments Services

    This document describes an emergency department model which integrates the GEM Nurse, Social Worker, and Community Care Access Centre Care Coordinator.

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  • Guidelines – Decision Making Capacity and Dementia

    The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing developed this guideline for evaluating decision-making capacity in hospitalized patients and those in long-term care diagnosed with dementia.

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  • Guidelines – GEM Role in Community Hospital

    This document outlines the responsibilities of a GEM nurse in a community hospital.

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  • Guidelines – GEM Role in Urban Teaching Hospital

    This document outlines the responsibilities of a GEM nurse in an urban teaching hospital.

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  • Guidelines – Who Assesses Capacity Under What Circumstances

    This guideline determines who assesses capacity and under what circumstances.

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  • Patient Resource – Be Ready For an Emergency Visit Checklist

    The Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC) have developed a series of checklists and forms for people living with dementia to fill out with a family member, friend, or caregiver before an emergency department visit.

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  • Patient Resource – Dementia Online Forum

    This website provides a place to engage older adults living with dementia, mental health, substance use and/or neurological disorders, and their family, friends, and care partners in regional (South Eastern Ontario) and provincial (Ontario) advisory conversations to share their experiences, advice, and input with the medical community and each other.

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  • Patient Resource – Elder Abuse Toolkit (Gov’t of Ontario)

    The Ministry of Seniors Affairs has created an easy to use toolkit of resources on the topic of elder abuse, including a senior’s safety hotline.

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  • Pocket Card – Confusion Assessment Method (short version)

    This pocket card contains a ready-to-print short version of the CAM.

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  • Pocket Card – Determining Decision Making Ability

    This pocket card gives the user a set of probing questions to assess the decision-making ability in older adults.

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  • Presentation (slides) – Dementia in the ED: Research and Future Trends

    This presentation in Oct 2017 by Dr. Kathleen F Hunter reviews three research studies of patients with dementia in emergency department.

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  • Presentation (slides) – Elder Abuse and Dementia: Complexities in the ED

    This presentation by GEM nurse Raeann Rideout in October 2017 provides in-depth practical guidance for identification, assessment, and intervention of elder abuse for older adults presenting to the emergency department.

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  • Presentation (slides) – Elder Abuse Identification, Assessment, and Intervention in the ED

    This slide deck compiles resources and tools usemergency department to assess for elder abuse in emergency department.

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  • Presentation (slides) – Getting Started and Building Capacity for GEM

    This slide deck contains a model for exploring the Knowledge to Practice Process and a framework to guide capacity building activities in GEM.

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  • Presentation (slides) – Mobility in the ED (JBH)

    This presentation explains how to assess mobility and identify some of the common mobility impairments. It also provides an overview of the Seniors Mobile Assess and Restore Team (SMART) at Joseph Brant Hospital.

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  • Presentation (slides) – Ontario’s Dementia Strategy: 10 Strategic Investments (MOHLTC)

    This presentation by the MOHLTC in October 2017 provides an overview of the ten strategic investments of the dementia strategy, and includes alignment with other MOHLTC initiatives.

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  • Presentation (slides) – Supporting Clinicians to Care for Patients with Behavioral Issues in the ED (MSH)

    This presentation summarizes a project at Mount Sinai that involves education/training for emergency department staff on patients with behavioral issues.

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  • Toolkit – Dementia Management in 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.

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  • Toolkit – GEM Program Development

    This slide deck describes the components of the GEM practice model

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  • Training – Advance Care Planning (HPCO)

    This website provides resources on advance care planning in Ontario for healthcare professionals, patients and family, and educators and researchers.

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  • Webinar (recording) – Designing Care for Older Adults in the ED

    A recording of the webinar presented in Sept 2017 by Suzie Southey, Emergency Nurse Consultant (UK), wich explores how to design care to meet the needs of older adults in the Emergency Department.

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  • Webinar (recording) – Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning

    A recording of the webinar presented in Feb 2017 by Judith Wahl (Lawyer), Dr. Jeff Myers (Physician), and Julie Darnay (Educator) provide helpful advice on health care consent and advance care planning.

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  • Webinar (slides) – Designing Care for Older Adults in the ED

    The slides for the webinar presented in Sept 2017 by Suzie Southey, Emergency Nurse Consultant (UK), wich explores how to design care to meet the needs of older adults in the Emergency Department.

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  • Webinar (slides) – Healthcare Consent and Advance Care Planning

    The slides for the webinar presented in Feb 2017 by Judith Wahl (Lawyer), Dr. Jeff Myers (Physician), and Julie Darnay (Educator) provide helpful advice on health care consent and advance care planning.

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  • Website – Alzheimer Society of Ontario

    The Alzheimer Society is Canada’s leading health charity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This website provides resources for patients, family, and clinicians.

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  • Website – Toronto Dementia Network

    The Toronto Dementia Network’s website collects, organizes and disseminates information about dementia related programs, services, and events in Toronto.

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For older adults and their family and caregivers who are looking for information about community services and programs including health and wellness, estate and advanced care planning, housing, finances, and transportation, we recommend the Ontario Government’s website Information for Seniors.

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