Caregiving Strategy

About the Caregiving Strategies Online Course

Caregiving Strategies is a free online course offered by the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario (RGPO).

The course focuses on improving your skills, knowledge, and confidence as a family member or friend caring for a person living with frailty. 

The goal of this course is for you to learn about and develop personalized strategies that you can apply to your caregiving.

Who is the Caregiving Strategies course for?

The Caregiving Strategies course is for all caregivers (family members, friends, spouses, community members) who provide care and support for a senior living with frailty. This course will guide you on a learning journey to gain knowledge, practical strategies, and confidence.

What will you learn in the course? 

This course offers diverse learning materials, relevant readings, videos, engaging activities, and opportunities to connect with other caregivers through online discussion groups. 

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Access resources that meet your caregiving needs related to the topics.
  • Develop confidence in your approach and skills as a caregiver, for both the present and future needs of the person in your care.
  • Access an online network of other caregivers, with whom you can discuss health and social topics applicable to your caregiving journey.

How long is the course? 

Caregiving Strategies is an eight-week course that should take approximately 7.5 hours total to complete.

That means that each module should take you about one hour to complete. While you are encouraged to work at your own pace, aim to complete one module per week.

Is the course always open for registration?

Yes. You can register for the course at any time. The course begins and ends on predetermined dates, so depending on when you register, you may go directly to the course, or be placed on a waiting list.

The next sessions are:

  • November 4 to December 23, 2019
    Registration closes December 20, 2019
  • February 3 to March 27, 2020
    Registration closes March 24, 2020

Who is facilitating the course?

Our online course is facilitated by Sarah Dolsen, RN, MN, GNC(C), PhD(c). 

Sarah Gibbons, Course Facilitator

“Hello and welcome! I am so glad you have joined this course and I look forward to being part of your learning journey. I am here to answer any of your course-related questions or to put you in touch with someone who has the answer. I have many years of experience working as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist with older adults and their caregivers –  and I am currently a student myself. I am pursuing a PhD focused on aging and health at Queen’s University. When I am not studying or facilitating this course, you will find me outdoors with my family and playing with my dogs.”

Next Steps

If you’re interested in signing up for our next course offering, follow these four easy steps.

  1. Click here to register for the course.
  2. Choose “Buy Now” (This course is offered free. Don’t worry– you will not be charged).
  3. Click “Create Account” to register for the course. You’ll need to provide your name, email address and password.
  4. Accept the Terms and Conditions.

For more details about the registration process, click here to download a step by step instruction guide.

That’s it!

You will receive an email from “OpenCoursesSupport”, including the link to access the course. Consider bookmarking the course page so you can return to it easily. If you have not saved your password in your browser, you will be asked to log in with the email address and password that you created when you first registered.

If you’re not ready to commit to the course right now, you can sign-up below to receive updates from RGPO.

Is this your first experience with online learning?

If you have any questions regarding how to navigate the course or want tips on how to optimize your experience with Brightspace, please watch the tutorial videos.