Workshops

Maternity/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar

Session Date
Faculty 2017: Mondays, December 4
2018: Mondays, January 29, April 9 and June 11
Staff 2017: Tuesdays, December 5
2018: Wednesdays, February 7, March 7 and April 11; Tuesdays, May 15 and June 12

Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Please register early. Registration closes 1 week prior to each workshop.

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person's life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

Combining a career and family life presents special challenges. This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing faculty, staff and librarians for maternity / parental / and adoption leave, and for a successful return to work. While you may attend the seminar at any point during your pregnancy or adoption process, the ideal time is about three months prior to the arrival of your child. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms - a guide to government maternity / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Planning your return to work
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? - a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto staff and faculty are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Mindful Discipline

Date: Wednesday, November 8 FULL — Waitlist Only
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: St. George Campus, 214 College St., Room 313

In this workshop, we will explore what possibilities become available when we understand discipline not as the process of training our children to obey rules by correcting disobedience, but instead as the process of teaching them how to self-regulate. Through a framework of attachment and a focus on the importance of the parenting relationship, we will learn mindfulness practices that can build the three essential pillars of mindful discipline: acceptance and autonomy, boundaries and structure, and reconnection and repair.

Facilitator:

Mari Rossi has been teaching yoga and mindfulness for parents and children since 2006, and this is her fifth year facilitating the Family Care Office's Mindful Parenting series. She also teaches an online Mindful Parenting course at Indiana University. Mari has a degree in Psychology, with an specialization in Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health, and is currently a doctoral student in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at U of T. Between her academic pursuits and mindfulness teaching, Mari finds time for her most important work: parenting her six year-old son and eight year-old daughter.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family

Date: Friday, November 10
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

A practical session to help you choose the child care option that will best meet the needs of your family. At this session you will:

  • Find out what are the childcare options available
  • Learn what factors to consider when looking at options, choices, and caregivers
  • Learn how to find a childcare centre and individual caregivers
  • Learn about the latest changes in the system
  • Find out about the financial assistance available and waiting lists

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Online Chat for Student Families

Date Time
November 10 2:00 - 3:00 pm
December 1 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Location: Online (link will be emailed)

Get the information you need from the comfort of your own computer/phone. A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions on:

  • Child care & child care subsidies
  • Schools & children programs
  • Integrating study and family (and work as well)
  • Any other questions about being a student parent and a student partner at U of T

All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome, registration required.

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Finding Joy and Humour in Caregiving (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Tuesday, November 14
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Instructional Centre, IC 318

This interactive workshop facilitated by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto is for caregivers of people who have dementia.

Topics:

  • Creating opportunities for joy and looking at the lighter side of caregiving
  • The benefits of using humour and having a positive outlook
  • Strategies and approaches for incorporating joy and humour into caregiving 

Facilitator:  Risa Kim, Social Worker, Alzheimer Society Toronto

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Understanding Estate Planning and the Importance of a Will (U of T Mississauga)

Date: Thursday, November 16
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: UTM, Council Chambers, Davis Building Room 3130

Please join Cecile Ko Brock, a lawyer with Pallett Valo LLP for a workshop on estate planning.

This workshop will provide an overview of estate planning and will answer your questions about Will planning, and Powers of Attorney.

Whether you are a new parent, recently married, in a blended family or you are caring for an aging relative, take this opportunity to learn more about estate planning and what you need to consider.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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What to Eat When You're Expecting (or plan to expect!)

Date: Friday, November 17
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Student Success Seminar Room (150Sem)

Confused by advice given by friends and family about caffeine, folate, sushi, iron, dairy and eggs during pregnancy? Worried about not gaining enough weight, or gaining too much?

Join us for a talk on healthy eating during pregnancy. Planning or expecting U of T students, staff, faculty and their partner are invited to learn about the essential nutrients during pregnancy and how to get them, and about some potentially risky foods you might want to avoid.

Facilitator: Robert Smith, Registered Dietitian, U of T Health and Wellness Centre

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

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Education Options for Your Child

Date: Friday, November 17
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Location: Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St. George St. Room B024

Choosing the right school and program is an important first step in ensuring that your child gets the most out of their educational experience. Come and hear from experts in the field of education. Through this panel you will learn about the Toronto District School Board's (TDSB):

  • Alternative Schools
  • Elementary Schools
  • French Immersion Programs

Guest Speakers: Beth Mills, TDSB Principal at Lord Landsdowne Jr & Sr. Public School and da Vinci Alternative Public School and Miriam Zachariah who is the Principal from Alpha Alternative Junior School.

Important dates to keep in mind:

  • November 30, 2017 is the deadline to apply for Early French Immersion (Senior Kindergarten Entry)
  • January-February 2018 is the application period for most alternative elementary schools
  • Open Houses take place between October 2017 and February 2018.

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

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Life Management Series: Healthy Habits: Prioritizing Self Care (Webinar)

Date: Tuesday, November 21
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: On-line

A workshop series designed to empower students to find a better balance between their academic work and caring for others.

It's hard to be healthy. Most of us live in environments that our nervous systems can barely handle on a good day, and yet we are told we must stay calm, find a balance, and be productive. This may be especially true for students who are also parents. This workshop explores some of the more common health issues that students experience, and how integrating simple strategies into daily routines may make a difference for your health and wellbeing now, and into the future.

Facilitator: Ravi Gabble, MPH, Health Education Coordinator, University of Toronto at Mississauga

* Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved. Students who complete three workshops over one academic year, will receive a Life Management Certificate and Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities. The University has introduced the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), a new official document that helps students show employers and graduate schools the skills and competencies they have gained through their involvement on campus.

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Adjusting to Parenthood

Date: Wednesday, November 22
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Rm 5230

When a child enters your life everything changes and for most new parents it takes quite the effort to adjust to their new lives. In this session, parents will explore the emotional and physical challenges of adapting to parenthood and how to better manage them.

Facilitator: Debra Williams-Conliffe, R.N., MN, Child Health & Development-Early Years, Department of Public Health, City of Toronto

All students, staff, faculty and their partner/spouse are welcome. Registration required.

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Introduction to Family Law (Webinar)

Date: Wednesday, November 22
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: On-line

Learn the basics of Family Law and what is involved in:

  • Custody and access
  • Child and spousal support
  • Separation agreements
  • Restraining orders
  • General overview of the family court process

Presenter: Downtown Legal Services

Alice Parama is a third-year law student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She has a degree in Finance from McGill University and previously worked for at a bank. She is interested in family law, and is currently working at Downtown Legal Services as a student caseworker in the family law division. She has also volunteered at Pro Bono Students Canada, where she participated in the Family Law Project, in which she worked with self-represented family law litigants to complete court applications. She will go on to do her articling at a family law firm where she has worked as a summer student the previous two years.

Emily Zhou is a second year law student at U of T. Prior to law school, Emily obtained a commerce degree from U of T. She currently works at Downtown Legal Services as a student caseworker in the family law division. Some of her client files involve issues regarding child support arrears, custody and access.

Emily Linton is a second year MSW student doing a practicum with Downtown Legal Services for the next 8 months.

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

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Maternity and Parental Leave Planning Seminar for Postdoctoral Fellows in CUPE Local 3902 (Unit 5)

Date: Thursday, November 23
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person's life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5, for maternity and parental leaves. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms - a guide to government maternity / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? - a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

Facilitator: Kaye Francis, Manager, Family Care Office

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5 are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Toilet Learning Webinar

Date: Wednesday, November 29
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: On-line

Toileting is a skill that needs to be learned. As a parent or caregiver, learn how to how to set your child up for success when they are ready to use the toilet. We will discuss how to establish core skills, steps to toilet learning, and how to deal with accidents, in order to keep your child motivated to continue learning. Most children will start toileting between 2 and 4 years old, and some as young as 18 months. Every child is different so learn the signs to look for to determine your child's readiness.

Facilitator: Sharmeen Abeysinghe is a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) with thirteen years' experience working with families and children. She is also a mother of two boys ages 7 & 4. Sharmeen's views on toilet readiness and child rearing have foundations in Early Childhood theories, however, it is her practical experience from working as an RECE and being a parent, where she prides herself on finding solutions that work.

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

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Elder Care: New Approaches to Alzheimer's Disease Prevention and Early Treatment

Date: Thursday, November 30
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Rm 5250

In this presentation Dr. Ian Cohen will discuss the current symptomatic treatments and the new medication approaches in clinical trials at Toronto Memory Program to prevent or slow down Alzheimer's disease.

The Toronto Memory Program is a multidisciplinary, community based, medical facility specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Dr. Ian Cohen works along-side his wife, Dr. Sharon Cohen, a behavioural & cognitive neurologist specializing in neurodegenerative diseases and the Medical Director of Toronto Memory Program.

Facilitator: Dr. Ian Cohen is a physician and research investigator at Toronto Memory Program. He has been involved in over 100 studies evaluating new treatments for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Maternity/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Thursday, December 7
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: HR Conference Room BV540, U of T Scarborough

Please register early. Registration closes 1 week prior to each workshop.

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person's life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

Combining a career and family life presents special challenges. This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing faculty, staff and librarians for maternity / parental / and adoption leave, and for a successful return to work. While you may attend the seminar at any point during your pregnancy or adoption process, the ideal time is about three months prior to the arrival of your child. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms - a guide to government maternity / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Planning your return to work
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? - a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) staff and faculty are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Parenting a Child with a Learning Disability — What's Available and What's Possible

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Join us for this discussion on parenting concerns for children with disabilities. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Understanding learning disabilities, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Management of the disability at home and at school
  • Discussing with your child about their learning disability
  • Advocating and finding supports for your child
  • Hear from 1-2 current U of T students with a learning disability about their experience growing up with a LD
  • Question and answer period

Speaker: Pearl Levey, Ph.D., Disability Advisor, U of T Accessibility Services.

Registration required. All University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Appointments with a Counsellor from the Alzheimer Society

Date: Monday, January 22, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 and 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Location: Family Care Office, 214 College St,. Main Floor

Are you coping with a loved one who may have Alzheimer's Disease? A highly trained counsellor will be available for free 45 minute confidential appointments on Monday, January 22. The counsellor will be able to discuss any questions or personal concerns you may have about dementia, such as getting a diagnosis, immediate and future care, family matters, ethical issues, stress and coping techniques.

To make an appointment, please call the Family Care Office at 416-978-0951.

Please register early, space is limited! University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners/spouses are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Elder Care: Building Caregiver Resilience

Date: Monday, January 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Strengthen Your "Change" Muscles!

This workshop will help caregivers tap into existing sources of resilience and learn new resilience-building strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the concept of resilience and why it is important for family caregivers
  • Recognize existing sources of resilience
  • Explore ways to build caregiver resilience
  • Develop an understanding of supportive services in the community

Facilitator: Peter Marczyk, Social Worker & Team Lead, Alzheimer Society of Toronto

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Life Management Series: Stuck in the Middle — Juggling School and Family Life

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St. George St. Room 3116

A workshop series designed to empower students to find a better balance between academic life and caring for others.

"Stuck in the Middle" is a self-discovery session on dealing with constant challenges of having family responsibilities, working and being a student. This self-awareness session will help you understand the feelings of guilt that arise when juggling your role as a student and not always having enough time to spend with your children and/or your loved ones. It's for everyone who feels overwhelmed.

Most of the exercises are done in pairs and within the group. In this session you will discover your patterns of 'stuckness' and learn to convert feelings of being overwhelmed into action, energy and change.

Facilitator: Anna Wesolinska is a Gestalt psychotherapist who has a private practice and has been running workshops at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto, the North York Women's Centre, and the Family Care Office.

Lunch will be provided.

Registration required. University of Toronto students are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Parenting to Buffer the Negative Consequences of Separation and Divorce (Available in person or as a webinar)

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor St. W, Room SK 422
If you are attending the session via a webinar, access details will be emailed.

This introductory workshop will explore how parents can effectively buffer their children from conflict during the separation and divorce process. The workshop will then be followed with a question and discussion period.

Facilitator: Michael Saini is an Associate Professor, holds the endowed Chair in Law and Social Work at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and is the Co-Director of the Combined J.D. and M.S.W. Program with the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He conducts custody evaluations, he is a parent coach for separated families and he provides parent education workshops on issues related to separation and divorce.

Registration required. Please select how you will be attending this workshop — either in person or as a webinar . University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Breastfeeding 101

Date: Friday, January 26, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: CIE, 33 St. George St., Cumberland Room

An opportunity for women planning/trying to breastfeed to ask questions and to learn valuable tips on how to do it.

Facilitator: Dr. Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

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Baby Equipment & Gadgets You Will Really Need

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

An interactive session facilitated by former participants of our Expectant Parents Group. They will talk from their experience and answer questions about baby equipment and gadgets and will also touch on their birthing experience and the first months as they talk about what equipment was useful to their family.

All students, staff, faculty and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend. Registration required.

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Student Parent Social

Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: CIE, 33 St. George St., Baldwin Room

Join us for a social with the Family Care Office peer mentors. Relax, unwind and meet other student parents who understand your challenges and concerns!

Lunch will be provided. All U of T student parents are welcome. Registration required.

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Elder Care: The Role of the LHIN for the Caregiver

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor St. W., Room 8280

This workshop presented by the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) will:

  • focus on in-home and community services available to assist you in providing care to an elderly person
  • provide you with information on the application process for admission into a long term care home and other community housing options
  • address caregiver stress and burnout with a focus on proving specific coping strategies

Facilitators:

Jennifer Thomas MSW, RSW is a Care Coordinator with the Seniors Integrated Care Team, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, and she has over 15 years of experience working with seniors and their caregivers at home and in the community.

Mary Arman OT Reg. (Ont.) is a Care Coordinator with the Seniors Integrated Care Team, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, and she has over 6 years of experience working with seniors and their caregivers at home and in the community.

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

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Life Management Series: Advocating for Oneself & One's Family through Letters & Email

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 8201

A workshop series designed to empower students to find a better balance between academic life and caring for others.

Students with family responsibilities have a lot on their plate! When a problem arises - be it academic, family related, personal or professional - advocating for oneself and one's family can feel like a daunting task, particularly if the stakes are high. Traditionally defined as the "art of persuasion", rhetoric is a powerful tool that students can utilize to better communicate through the written word. What is the best way to present one's case? How can emotions be conveyed strategically and diplomatically? When writing a letter or email, what should come first - the presentation of the problem or the suggested solution? This workshop will touch upon these questions by focusing on the strategic use of rhetoric in letter and email writing

Facilitators: Dr. Viktoria Jovanovic-Krstic, Writing & Rhetoric, Innis College. Dr. Jovanovic-Krstic brings with her years of experience in English stylistics and grammar, as well as business and technical communications from various academic institutions across Canada and Europe. Her main areas of research and interest are the rhetoric of war, spinning and framing tactics in the press, grammar, persuasive writing and business communication. Perhaps more importantly, Viktoria is also a mom of two children who is no stranger to the life of a student with family responsibilities!

* Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved. Students who complete four workshops over two academic years, will receive Life Management Certificate and Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities. The University has introduced the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), a new official document that helps students show employers and graduate schools the skills and competencies they have gained through their involvement on campus.

This Event is Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) Program approved. GPS consists of a range of optional "offerings" with a time commitment roughly equivalent to 60 hours of work. Its successful completion will be recognized by a transcript notation.

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Understanding Estate Planning and the Importance of a Will

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Please join Lisa Sticht-Maksymec, a lawyer with Pallett Valo LLP for a workshop on estate planning.

This workshop will provide an overview of estate planning and will answer your questions about Will planning, and Powers of Attorney.

Whether you are a new parent, recently married, in a blended family or you are caring for an aging relative, take this opportunity to learn more about estate planning and what you need to consider.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Elder Care: Seniors and Safety in the Home

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St, Room 313

Occupational therapists from VHA Rehab Solutions, a community based organization providing rehabilitation services to adults in their home will provide a presentation that will include the following:

  • Signs a caregiver should be looking for to determine a senior's safety
  • Assessing the need for assistive devices, mobility devices, home renovations and the services of a professional
  • Helpful commercial products versus prescribed devices and funding sources
  • Where to get advice and practical assistance and what help is out there and how to get the right help

Facilitators: Leslie Simpson MSc OT Reg. (Ont.) and Andrea Cook OT Reg. (Ont.) are experienced occupational therapists in the community, and together they have more than 16 years of experience.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Elder Care: Seniors and Safety in the Home (U of T Mississauga)

Date: Friday, May 25, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: UTM Faculty Club, Davis Building, Room 3140

Occupational therapists from VHA Rehab Solutions, a community based organization providing rehabilitation services to adults in their home will provide a presentation that will include the following:

  • Signs a caregiver should be looking for to determine a senior's safety
  • Assessing the need for assistive devices, mobility devices, home renovations and the services of a professional
  • Helpful commercial products versus prescribed devices and funding sources
  • Where to get advice and practical assistance and what help is out there and how to get the right help

Facilitators: Leslie Simpson MSc OT Reg. (Ont.) and Andrea Cook OT Reg. (Ont.) are experienced occupational therapists in the community, and together they have more than 16 years of experience.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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