Challenges in Geriatric Care for the Health Care Professional: An Update and Overview

Program Overview

A Course for Health Professionals Caring for Older Adults in Care Settings

This 3-day intensive course will cover clinical pearls and the most recent evidence based practice through lectures, interactive discussion, and case studies

Why attend this Workshop?

This interactive course is  designed for healthcare providers who have  experience working with the elderly and their families in care situations/settings. 

This course will focus on:

  • drawing out some of the most compelling challenges that you may experience in providing care, using evidence, discussion and case studies
  • provide an opportunity to update and refresh your knowledge and approach, to assist you in your day to day provision of care
  • practical and applied knowledge that can be used as soon as you return to your role

Key components of the course include:

  • communication with patients and their families
  • assessment and treatment of skin and chronic wounds
  • management of chronic disease
  • mental health/behavioural issues such as dementia
  • recognizing cognitive decline
  • caregiver challenges (e.g. spouse or family)
  • stroke and its impact
  • best practices for continence
  • best practices for nutrition
  • end-of-life and palliative care including assisting families with grief and death
  • recognizing and assisting in symptom management - pain, dyspnea and delirium
  • the needs of the healthcare provider who cares for elderly/palliative/end-of-life patients
  • reaching out for and accepting help
  • understanding potential for elder abuse - steps to take to assess and prevent (and legal requirements)


Who should attend?

This course will assume you have at minimum 1 year of experience as a Healthcare provider for the elderly patient  in institutional or home-care settings  (e.g., Long Term Care)

  • RNs newer to Geriatric Care or updating their knowledge
  • RPNs, PSW's in Geriatric care settings

This course uses an  Interactive Adult Learning format

Program Outline

Day 1

Module 1:

  • Challenges in Geriatric Care
  • Guiding Principles: assessment
  • Safety, Falls, Medication

Module 2:

  • Wound Management
  • Leg Edema Management

Day 2

Module 3:

  • Stroke
  • Incontinence Care
  • Nutrition/Hydration

Module 4:

  • Cognition/Mental Health Issues

Day 3

Module 5:

  • Assessment/Management of Behaviours

Module 6:

  • Care for those providing care



Rosemary Kohr - BA, BScN, MScN, PhD, RN

Tertiary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Dr. Rosemary Kohr, PhD worked for nearly two decades as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and wound care specialist at the London Health Sciences Centre. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario; teaches in the graduate program, Centre of Nursing and Health Studies at Athabasca University; and developed (in collaboration with Dr. Lori Teeple, MD) the Advanced Wound Life Saving (AWLS) MainProC program for physicians. She is a registered nurse in both Ontario and New Brunswick.

She has published and presented her work in international, national and local publications and conferences as well as providing educational and consultative support across Canada. For five years, she provided monthly "Wound Care Rounds" through the Ontario Telemedicine Network. She is the Canadian editor/author of the chapter on Skin and Wound Management in the Fundamentals of Nursing (Potter & Perry Canadian Edition). Her work appears in Lives in the balance: Nurses' stories from the ICU, edited by Tilda Shalof (Kaplan Press, 2009), as well as other international journals. She has a keen interest in Seniors' healthy aging, pain management, in the dynamics of relationships, especially communication, and in the prevention and management of chronic wounds. Dissemination of information, knowledge transfer and uptake in the clinical environment using innovative approaches and electronic technology are fundamental to her work.

Dr. Kohr's clinical research includes evaluation of implementation of best practice guidelines, pain management, wound care and collaborative practice. She has received research grants as well as academic scholarships, and has collaborated on writing a number of successful government grant applications.

For over a decade, Dr. Kohr has provided education and consultation focused in the clinical reality of today’s healthcare environment,  through her company, Kohr Consulting ( She is the former President of the Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (CAAPN), and a founding member of the Ontario Wound Interest Group (OntWIG). She manages a research grant on Healthy Aging through the University of New Brunswick, and teaches workshops with the HLLN program at York University.



Funding Sources

Please note that these funding sources below are listed here for your information only. York University or HLLN does not directly provide this funding or apply for grants.

Nursing Education Initiative

Nurses taking the Nurse Educator Certificate program may be eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $1500 from the Education Initiative offered through the RNAO. You do NOT have to be an RNAO member to apply for the funding. Please visit the RNAO website, Education Funding, for more details


Custom Program

This program can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization and delivered on-demand and in-house. Savings can be significant.

Contact us for more information:

Phone: 416 736 2100 ext 22170

Contact us for more information or  416 736 2100  ext 22170