"Canadians who are currently torn between the demands of their jobs and caring for a loved one with dementia such as Alzheimer's disease could soon have access to innovative skills training and tools provided through their workplace. Mount Sinai Hospital has just been awarded a five-year, $2.84 million grant from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program to develop the first comprehensive program of its kind in Canada devoted to supporting working caregivers.The Reitman Centre Working CARERS Program will be developed through an innovative partnership between the federal government, Mount Sinai Hospital and private-sector partners. It will provide employees with skills training, education and emotional support tailored to individual caregiver needs. Delivered to employees and their dependents by trained Employee Assistance professionals, this program will be grounded in therapeutic principles and offer group workshops, hands-on simulation-based caregiver training and individual attention with a goal to relieve the intense pressure and impact that caring for a loved one with dementia has on their lives.
The development of the Reitman Centre Working CARERS Program will be led by Dr. Joel Sadavoy, a leading authority on geriatric mental health with over 30 years of experience and Director of Mount Sinai's Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer's Support and Training and Dr. Virginia Wesson, the implementation lead for the program and a skilled geriatric psychiatrist and caregiver specialist. The Reitman Centre is the only centre of its kind in Canada dedicated to comprehensive care for caregivers of patients with dementia. Mount Sinai Hospital is known for its expertise in caring for older adults and it was the first acute care hospital in Canada to make geriatrics a key strategic priority."
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