Understanding Dementia & Brain Health – Alzheimer Calgary

If you will be in Calgary or area on the evening of August 29/2018, this may be an event you want to attend. Given that dementia is becoming a reality for more people, the information provided is apt to be relevant to you or someone you know.

Home Monitoring Technologies Forum

Are you interested in home (personal) health monitoring technologies and ways they can be used to improve patient care in Alberta? If so, here is an event you may find of interest.

Click here to read and download the forum information.

Calling Patient/Family Advisors

If you are a patient/family advisor, want to attend the upcoming Quality Summit in Calgary but have not yet registered, here is a tweet you won’t want to miss.

Become a Patient Advocate

    Do you reside in the Edmonton area?
    Are you a caring, empathetic, compassionate individual who is looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of others?

If your answer to the above questions is “Yes,” the Open Arms Patient Advocacy society is looking for you. Click here to read more about this exciting opportunity.

What’s Important to Seniors’ Health in Alberta?

Do you live or work in the province of Alberta and are you:

  • an older adult (65 years of age and over),
  • a caregiver of an older adult (spouse; family member; friend; neighbour), or
  • a clinician or health/social care provider (doctor; nurse; care aides; allied health provider; pharmacist; social worker) working with older adults?

If so, the Scientific Office of Alberta’s Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network invites you to complete the following survey. By responding to the survey, you will be helping to determine the direction/priorities for future research and initiatives in the area of seniors’ health.

Get Involved – Health Research Opportunity

Do you reside in Alberta? Are you interested in health research and patient engagement? If you answered “Yes” to both questions, you may wish to visit the Patient/Family Registry web page. In addition to discovering what is happening in the world of health research in Alberta, you can fill out an application form to get involved!

Reminder: Upcoming Events

Friday, November 17 – Change Day
Have you made your Change Day pledge yet? If not, click here to make your pledge?

Thursday, November 30 – Patient Engagement Speaker Series
Helle Tees & Nicole Olivier will be presenting on patient engagement. If you are unable to attend this event in person, you can join the webinar. Click here for more information and to register.

Transfer of Care Experience?

Are you a patient or family member who has experienced what it is like to go from the adult Intensive Care Unit to the Ward of a hospital? If so, the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Calgary is inviting you to join in a facilitated session to discuss the transfer of care process. This session will be held on November 2, 2017; 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room TRW2D39; Teaching, Research and Wellness Building, Foothills Campus, University of Calgary; Calgary, Alberta. Click here to read more.

Pts4Chg Fishbowl – Thanks and Themes

On October 17th, Patients 4 Change (Pts4Chg) hosted a Fishbowl event as part of Alberta Health Services’ Patient & Family Centred Care week. The fishbowl format was chosen as it encourages a genuine dialogue and conversation, rather than a panel-like, prepared presentation. Eight individuals volunteered to be fish in the bowl and were the key conversationalists for the event. Members of the audience “jumped” in and out of the bowl to ask questions and make comments. 

Although fishbowls are typically held in person, the Pts4Chg fishbowl was held virtually. Unfortunately, technical problems that started in the morning and continued throughout the day saw our virtual fishbowl experiencing a few unexpected challenges. Nevertheless, despite the “rough waters” that were present, a very lively, open, and honest discussion ensued around the following questions:

1. What does partnering with patients and families look like to you?
2. How do you build rapport and grow relationships in health care that make for effective and equitable partnerships?
3. What are some of the current barriers to partnership? How could these barriers be removed or minimized?

Click here to find out what themes arose from the Pts4Chg fishbowl. (Thanks, Sandi, for helping to create this document.)

Based on the feedback received, the Pts4Chg fishbowl was a very successful and worthwhile event. This, however, would not have been possible without an active audience, and our amazing school of fish – Debbie, Mike, Aaron, Sandi, Philip, Terry, Jane and Kristina. Thanks so much!

Richard and Tracy