This is a special Research Circle on Culturally Safe Dementia Care (CSDC) and how to build nursing capacity to care for First Nations Elders with memory loss. The facilitators include the researchers, Dr. Wendy Hulko (principal investigator, Thompson River University) and Danielle Wilson (practitioner co-lead, Interior Health) and also elder advisors Cecilia DeRose (Esketemc) and Jean William (St’exelcemc) from Three Corners, Williams Lake, B.C.
Why a Teaching Session led by Elders?
- The purpose of this research is to build skills and teach nurses & community caregivers to care for First Nations Elders with memory loss in a culturally safe way.
- To turn lessons from earlier work with Elders into a teaching session for nurses, all guided by Elders
- To find out what nurses know about cultural safety and dementia care and the skills they have before and after the teaching sessions; and,
- To find out how well the teaching sessions improved the ability of nurses to care for Elders with memory loss
Bios for CSDC Co-Leads and two Elder Advisors
Dr. Wendy Hulko is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Thompson Rivers University where she teaches courses in the BSW and MEd programs and conducts research on aging and health. Her background includes residential care nursing, hospital social work, and government policy and planning. Wendy was the Researcher Co-Lead on the Culturally Safe Dementia Care (CSDC) research project.
Danielle Wilson is a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. She worked for twelve years as an environmental health officer with Health Canada, First Nation Inuit Health Branch. She currently works with Interior Health, Aboriginal Health Program as a Practice Lead and was the CSDC Practitioner Co-Lead.
Jean William is a member of St’exelcemc First Nation. She is an Elder mentor, longtime Secwepemcstin (Shuswap) language teacher in Williams Lake, and a member of the Elders Council of Three Corners Health Society. Jean was an Elder advisor to the CSDC research project.
Cecilia DeRose is a member of Esketemc First Nation. She is also a longtime Secwepemcstin language teacher, working with both the Elders College in Williams Lake and a local Aboriginal Head Start program. Cecilia was an Elder advisor to the CSDC research project.