Member Workshops

The BCCPA is pleased to provide our members with access to exclusive training workshops focused on the continuing care sector.  Registration is now open for the following workshops:

Befuddled About Support Surfaces? Become an Expert

The purpose of this workshop is to gain an understanding of how and why support surfaces can help effectively manage pain to the clients’ and care givers’ satisfaction. Pressure injuries are painful and cause suffering and complicate the care and quality of life for the dying. Although wound care can be both healing and palliative, it can impair the quality of the end of life for the dying if it is done without proper consideration of the patient’s wishes and best interests. This lecture will discuss the ethical responsibilities and challenges of controlling pain, treating pressure injuries and related role and function of support surfaces

Your Host 

Karen Lerner | RN, MSN, ATP, CWS | Regional VP of Pressure Prevention, Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare

When & Where?

Tuesday Dec 5th, 12:10 pm – 12:55 pm. This 35 min presentation should end at 12:45 to allow 10 minutes for questions/discussion.

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Webinar On-Demand: Becoming Flu-ent: A Look at Influenza and its Impact on Seniors

This session will explore the often overlooked burden of influenza by examining its impact beyond the lung. While influenza among young adults can be characterized as a respiratory illness, influenza among seniors is increasingly viewed as a cardiorespiratory disease, given its capacity to trigger cardiovascular outcomes (stroke, MI) and respiratory complications (pneumonia).

Seniors represent a particularly important target for influenza prevention since 70% of influenza-related hospitalizations and 90% of influenza-related deaths occur in those over 65. While more than half of seniors get immunized against influenza, age-related declines in their immune responses (immunosenescence) render seniors not only more vulnerable to infections, but also less responsive to standard influenza vaccines. As a consequence, regular influenza vaccine effectiveness among older adults is generally half of that of adults under 65.

This session will also discuss the evolving complement of influenza vaccines available in Canada and review NACI’s most recent position on influenza vaccines available to Canadians over 65. As a high-dose influenza vaccine was authorized for use in Canada in 2015, this session will summarize clinical and ‘real-world’ field evidence from the US experience where this vaccine has been available since 2009 and is received by more than 60% of immunized seniors.

Your Hosts
• Speaker: Dr. Janet McElhaney
• Moderator: Dr. David Colby

Who should attend?
Healthcare practitioners

When & where?
• Available On-Demand at 
• Valid until: October 2018

CARF’s Consultative Approach to Aging Services Accreditation

carf bccpa workshopAccreditation provides a path to enhancing the quality of services in BC’s continuing care sector. CARF’s, well-established, consultative accreditation process supports organizations in making improvements to business practices, care processes and service provision with the goal of enhancing the lives of the people served.

CARF’s standards are field driven. Working with consumers, providers, and funders, international consensus standards have been created and maintained to promote quality, value and optimal outcomes of services. Our aging services standards, including those tailored to residential care, assisted living, supportive housing, home support, and adult day services settings, have been found to be highly relevant to this sector in Canada.

This interactive workshop will provide participants with an understanding of their organization’s
readiness to pursue accreditation, and will provide an overview of:

  • CARF as an aging services accreditation option in BC
  • CARF’s mission, vision, values and the concept of ‘moral ownership’
  • The field-driven standards for aging services
  • Resources and supports available
  • The consultative accreditation process
  • The value and outcomes of CARF accreditation
  • The fees and time investment associated with CARF accreditation.

If you’ve ever wondered whether accreditation could benefit your organization, or if you would be interested in learning more about a consultative, non-prescriptive accreditation option, this workshop is for you!

Your Host

Jill Allison is an Accreditation Advisor with CARF Canada who focuses on CARF Aging Services and Medical Rehabilitation accreditation across Canada. Jill earned her MBA from the University of Windsor, and has an undergraduate degree in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo. She has more than two decades of experience in the health sector including health promotion, primary care, home & community care, and long-term care. As well, Jill has worked as a university instructor, primarily teaching business topics.

Who should attend?

Administrators, managers, DOCs, board members and quality/risk management staff in community organizations including residential care, assisted living, supportive housing, adult day services and home care/support should sign up.

When and where?

November 21, 2017  1-4 pm
Kelowna Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
2170 Harvey Ave.
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6G8

Click here to register for Kelowna Workshop

November 24, 2017 9am-12pm
4 Points by Sheraton Victoria Gateway
829 McCallum Rd
Victoria, BC V9B 6W6

Click here to register for Victoria Workshop.


SafeCare BC

SafeCare BC offers a variety of training and education in injury prevention in the field of long term and home support care. SafeCare BC offers Train the Trainer programs, in-services, workshops, employer focused programs. For more information click here.


How to host a BCCPA workshop

Got a workshop idea for BCCPA members? Complete the following one-page form and return it to our Director of Events & Administration at The application will be reviewed and we will follow-up with you as soon as possible regarding whether it has been approved.