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Understanding Care Conferences

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For many families, learning what to expect at a care conference after a family member moves into long-term care is something that comes over time. They may have questions about how often a care conference should occur and how a care partner can best prepare ahead of time.

On Wednesday, May 18 at 2 p.m. PT, we welcome our special guests, Dr. Gloria Puurveen and Dr. Heather Cooke, to speak with families about making the most of the care conferences for their family members living with dementia in long-term care.

In this webinar, we’ll be discussing:

  • What care conferences are and why they are held
  • What you might expect at a care conference, including who typically attends
  • What questions to ask
  • What documentation to prepare in advance
  • Tips for effective communication with the care team

About our speakers:

  • Dr. Gloria Puurveen is a researcher who is deeply passionate about, and committed to, understanding the experiences of older adults and people living with dementia, particularly in relation to ‘living well’ to the end of life, personhood and social citizenship. She utilizes qualitative and arts-based methodologies and incorporates community-based, person-oriented research principles through the active engagement of individuals and their families, service providers, and organizations. Her current work is centred on building volunteer capacity within hospice/palliative care organizations to support older adults living with declining health within their communities.
  • Dr. Heather Cooke has more than 25 years’ experience working in dementia care, in both a front-line and research capacity. She is passionate about improving the lives of individuals with dementia and their caregivers, whether in the community or in long-term care settings. Heather holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies and most recently worked as a Research Associate at the UBC School of Nursing, where she was part of a research team exploring the experiences of family members as they navigate caring for a relative living with dementia. Heather now works at the Alzheimer Society of B.C., where she leads the organization’s knowledge mobilization efforts.”


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