Developing culturally safe practice tools for use with Indigenous people with dementia in northeastern Ontario

Author(s): Karen Pitawanakwat, Naandwechige-Gamig Wikwemikong Health Centre; Emily Piraino, North East Behavioural Supports Ontario; Louise Jones; Melissa Blind; Jerry Otowadjiwan; Roxanne Makela; Bob Spicer; Monica Bretzlaff


Recent evidence suggests rates of dementia are higher in Indigenous populations than the general population, and that existing care strategies are often culturally unsafe. A partnership between North East Behavioural Supports Ontario (NEBSO) and Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging Team 20 (Ontario) was established to address the need for culturally appropriate care tools. This paper reports on the adaptation of the Pieces of my Personhood practice tool used in in home and long term care setting to identify care needs and preferences for patients with dementia.
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Cultural Elders Trauma