is an education program that was developed for use in the
long term care sector, as part of the Ontario government’s
multi-year provincial Alzheimer Strategy. The U-First! curriculum
covers information about the symptoms of Alzheimer Disease and how
caregivers can think through and respond to the changing needs of
people with the disease. One of the innovations of the program
is the U-First! wheel, which facilitates understanding of the whole
person and the development of effective intervention strategies.
The Ontario Partnership
realized that U-First! might also be an appropriate resource for
the developmental services sector. A task group was formed
to review the curriculum for its suitability with developmental
services staff. Representatives of long term care and developmental
services also submitted themselves to the program to see how it
might work as a cross sector training tool. Findings indicate
that the U-First! curriculum offers a means to build a common cross
sector knowledge base and common language based on shared values.
Each of the OPADD regions
has put in place, U-First trainers. These trainers are paired
(one from long term care and one from developmental services) to
deliver the curriculum to workers from both sectors. Trainers
are now available within each region to continue the cross sector
delivery of the curriculum.
To find out more about
U-First! availability in your region, contact one of the Co-Chairs
in your respective OPADD region. Contact information is available
under the Partners button on this website.
Me and U-First! – Free eight module e-learning on-line: Me and U-First! is a flexible and user-friendly internet-based free course designed specifically for front-line caregivers such as Personal Support Workers, family members, volunteers and others interested in learning how to better understand and care for people with Alzheimer Disease and other dementias. For more information contact Gay Peppin at email@example.com
More information about
U-First! can also be found on the U-First! web site at http://www.u-first.ca/index.htm