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Aging and Wellness

Caregiver on-line courses

Logo: Two large hands holding an older man and woman figures with a roof over their heads.  Hearts are coming out of the chimney. The words say: Positive Steps Work: A fall prevention course 

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Graphic with multicoloured background of seniors faces that says Caregiving Strategies

Positive Steps Work is an interactive and free fall prevention e-course designed for care providers working with older adults (seniors) in their homes.  Positive Steps Work e-course can be used to support personal support worker education programs, orientation and staff training in homecare agencies, training for senior volunteer programs and for individuals supporting older adults in their home.

Developed with input from key community stakeholders, this evidence-based e-course will help care providers to: 

  • know how a fall affects seniors, their family and the healthcare system;
  • recognize the broad range of risks that can lead to a fall;
  • be equipped with strategies, tools and resources to prevent a fall;
  • understand and value seniors’ points of view about fall prevention and health


Positive Steps Work is designed to work on any device, at any time and from any location with internet access. This e-course is designed to meet the needs of adult learners and allows learners to work at their own pace; stopping the course when needed and returning when time permits.  Learners will receive a certificate of completion once they have successfully completed the e-course. 

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This course provides important information about the role and tasks of the unpaid caregiver supporting an older adult. Divided into five modules, the course is self-paced over a nine-week period and includes diverse learning materials, such as relevant readings, videos, short quizzes and opportunities to make contributions to online discussion groups. The goal of the course is to improve the knowledge, confidence, and overall health and well-being of unpaid caregivers in Ontario through education. 

You will also be offered the opportunity to participate in an online webinar and discussion. A daytime and evening option will be provided, you will be able to participate in the comfort of your own home.  Instructions will be provided closer to the date. The titles of the five modules are the following:

1) You and the caregiver role
2) Your caregiver toolbox: Health and medical fundamentals 
3) Navigating complex systems and getting the support you need
4) The importance of looking after you
5) Resources

To register please visit the Caregiving Essentials webpage.

This course was developed in collaboration with the McMaster University Centre for Continuing Education, the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), and THRIVE group. The creation of the course was funded by the Government of Ontario, Ministry of Seniors Affairs with ongoing funding provided by the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario.  

Following this course, you may wish to consider taking Caregiving Strategies, run by the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario. This complementary course provides more detailed information about Pain, Mobility, Nutrition, Continence, Polypharmacy, Delirium, and Social Engagement for Caregivers of Older adults with frailty.

This course focuses on improving your skills, knowledge, and confidence as a family member or friend caring for a person living with frailty.

Course content explores your own self-care and topics associated with frailty. Research evidence suggests that applying strategies associated with these topics can support health, well-being, and improved quality of life.

This course offers diverse learning materials, relevant readings, videos, engaging activities, and opportunities to connect with other caregivers through moderated, online discussion groups.

Together, caregivers and health care professionals co-designed this course based on real-life experiences and expertise.


Introduction: Let's Get Started
Module 1 – Caring for the Caregiver
Module 2 – Pain
Module 3 – Staying Active
Module 4 – Nutrition and Bladder Health
Module 5 - Medication Management
Module 6 - Changes in Thinking and Behaviour (Delirium)
Module 7 - Social Engagement
Module 8 – Bringing it all Together


To register please visit the Caregiving Strategies webpage

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