Published on January 25, 2024
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The Palliative Approach in Long Term Care Community of Practice is a group of professionals, patients, caregivers and other interested individuals who come together to share experiences and best practices regarding Advance Care Planning and palliative approaches in LTC education and implementation- including challenges and successes. The group is run in collaboration with SPA-LTC and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.

Join us on March 7, 2024 from 11AM-12PM ET for a presentation meeting on Green Care Farms. This innovative care concept, widely used in the Netherlands, offers a homelike environment for people with dementia, promoting person-centered care, autonomy, and a higher quality of living and dying. Discover how these farms can be a valuable alternative to traditional nursing homes, fostering engagement and social interaction.

Guest Speakers

Dr. Judith Meijers (originally a nurse) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Health Services Research, Maastricht University. Since 2012, she has been working within the Living lab of Aging and long-term Care for Elderly Care Limburg for care organization Zuyderland, where she has also worked as a senior policy maker since 2014. Dr. Meijers is a member of the supervisory board of the Dutch nurses association and a visiting professor at the University of Alberta in Canada. Furthermore, dr. Meijers is PI of research projects like DEDICATED and LISTEN all studies in the area of palliative care (in dementia), advanced care planning in long term care and green care farms.
Rebekah Churchyard, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW, PMP is a Social Worker, Project Manager and Psychotherapist. Rebekah currently works as a Mental Health Care Coordinator in Specialized Geriatric Services with Home and Community Care Support Services Waterloo Wellington. Prior to this, while living in Toronto and working as a Project Manager for The Neighbourhood Group, Rebekah gained extensive volunteer experience in charitable board governance and in municipal policy. She served as acting President and Vice-President with the Toronto Council on Aging Board of Directors and as an Accountability Table member with the City of Toronto’s Seniors Strategy. In 2020 she relocated from Toronto back to Kitchener-Waterloo on a mission to start Green Care Farms Inc. As a tribute to her grandparents, Rebekah founded Green Care Farms Inc. in 2021 (located in Halton Hills/Milton, Ontario). Her work as CEO of Green Care Farms delivers the first ever nature-based program in Canada for people with dementia on an operational farm.

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