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Inspiring all who care

Long-term care conference aims to support caregivers

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About the Long Term & Continuing Care Association of Manitoba

Winnipeg Health Region
Wave, March / April 2011

Are you caring for an elderly loved one?

Do you know an elderly person who may soon need some level of assistance or care?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may want to attend the Long Term & Continuing Care Association of Manitoba's Annual Provincial Conference & Exhibition on May 17 at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg.

The theme of this year's conference is "Inspiring all who care." It will feature presentations on a range of topics, including oral health and the elderly, how to deal with difficult behaviours, elder abuse, and the importance of dignity in the delivery of end of life care. Those in attendance will also be able to participate in a "virtual tour that transports you into the world of a person with dementia."

Although the conference will attract health-care providers from across the province, the presentations and exhibits at the conference will also be extremely valuable for members of the public.

That's because most caregivers are not nurses, resident companions, or health-care aides, says Jan Legeros, Executive Director of the Long Term & Continuing Care Association. "In fact, it is the daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbours, of those who need care who are making sure that the lives of their elderly lovedones continue to be purposeful and fulfilling throughout their later years," she says.

As the population continues to age, Legeros says almost everyone has an elderly loved one who is beginning to or is already in need of some level of assistance or care. But in a world of case coordinators, home care, personal care homes, and respite, the everyday person may have difficulty obtaining the information necessary to ensure their loved ones receive the right level and quality of care.

"That's where a conference like this can help - by connecting people with resources and information," says Legeros.

"You will be empowered with knowledge and understanding during these presentations. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions, and share your experiences with those who understand the personal challenges that you are encountering. As a result of these informed presentations, when you are faced with challenges such as dementia or palliative care, you will not be intimidated or discouraged."

About the Long Term & Continuing Care Association of Manitoba

The Long Term & Continuing Care Association of Manitoba began over 50 years ago, when a group of nursing-home owners gathered to share thoughts and ideas about ways to increase the quality of care to their residents. Today, LTCAM has over 70 members spanning 7 of the 11 health regions in Manitoba, who encompass all levels of services, support and care from retirement residences and in-home care services, to supportive housing and personal care residences. Over the past five years, the Association membership has tripled in its journey of advocacy on behalf of Manitoba's seniors and the staff who serve them.

Our website at www.ltcam.mb.ca has been developed to serve as a tool to the public and includes numerous resources for seniors and their families, as well as a key list of Frequently Asked Questions to ask when considering care for your loved one. Our office welcomes all phone-in or drop-in inquiries and our staff's goal is to ensure you find the answers you are looking for.

About Wave

Wave is published six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Region in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. It is available at newsstands, hospitals and clinics throughout Winnipeg, as well as McNally Robinson Books.

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