“Those who care for a family member or loved one living with dementia are often under enormous emotional strain, especially if they’re trying to balance their family’s wellness needs with career obligations,” says Estelle Morrison, vice president of clinical and wellness services, Ceridian. “As an employee assistance program provider, Ceridian LifeWorks champions preventative measures. We have seen how effective training, coaching and skill-building can be in helping to prevent stress and burnout, build resilience, reduce work-life conflict and boost confidence among caregivers. We’re honoured to be partnering with the renowned Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training to deliver the Working CARERS program – a new model for group care.”
The Reitman Centre Working CARERS Program (Coaching, Advocacy, Respite, Education, Relationship, Simulation) developed through a partnership between the federal government, Mount Sinai Hospital and private sector partners is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2013. This comprehensive program is grounded in therapeutic principles, and is proven to deliver practical skills and emotional support to caregivers through group workshops; hands-on, simulation-based caregiver training, and individual attention. The goal is to provide effective and meaningful support to working caregivers and their family members, so they can achieve balance and peace-of-mind, while delivering quality care, and remaining productive and engaged at work. The program will be offered by participating corporate partners to their employees, beginning with The Bank of Montreal, and Ceridian LifeWorks’ facilitators will deliver the training.
According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the number of Canadians living with cognitive impairment, including dementia, now stands at 747,000 – a number that will double by 2031. The impact of dementia is far-reaching, as providing care for someone with dementia takes a tremendous toll on the physical and emotional health of primary caregivers, and on their productivity.
“Dementia is a growing problem in Canada impacting the lives of Canadians in many ways including a major negative effect on working caregivers productivity and wellbeing,” said Dr. Joel Sadavoy, Director of the Cyril & Dorothy Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training and Head of the Community and Geriatric Psychiatry Services at Mount Sinai Hospital. “I have seen first hand the value of training programs for caregivers and the Reitman Working CARERS Program will build on these successes by offering specialized training to employees in their workplace. I am very pleased that Ceridian LifeWorks will be delivering training to participating corporate partners, beginning with BMO. This grant will, for the first time, bring effective tools and training to employees in their workplace, helping to reduce their stress, enhance their productivity and improve their relationship with their loved one.”
About Mount Sinai Hospital
Mount Sinai Hospital is as an internationally recognized 442-bed acute care academic health sciences centre affiliated with the University of Toronto that is dedicated to delivering the best medicine and best patient experience. It is focused on excellence in patient and family-centred care, innovative education and leading-edge research. Clinical strengths include women’s and infants’ health, chronic disease management, specialized cancer, emergency and acute medicine, and geriatrics. The hospital has been designated with Exemplary Status from Accreditation Canada and every aspect of patient care is anchored in a rigorous quality plan and monitoring of safety and quality goals. Mount Sinai’s Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute ranks in the top 2.5% of biomedical research institutes in the world. The Hospital is considered to be a top employer in Canada, receiving multiple awards for its employment and culture centred programs. www.mountsinai.ca.
The LifeWorks service is a comprehensive EAP, Work-Life, and Wellness program offered by Ceridian that provides employees and family members with access to telephonic, in person and online services to address personal and work related issues. Employers realize returns in reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, lower turnover and reduced health care costs.
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