Caregivers as Partners: education for health care providers


As you may have heard, The Change Foundation announced last week our decision to undertake a strategic re-set. The timing is right, as 2020 marks our 25th anniversary and is also the final year of our 5-year strategic focus on family caregivers.

Don’t worry: our caregiver focused work is in good hands. We are well underway in our plan to transition tools and resources to the Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO).

As part of that work, the Caregivers As Partners eLearning suite will transition from The Change Foundation to the Ontario Caregiver Organization later this month on October 26th.

What does this mean for you?

There will be a user black-out as of Monday October 19th to allow for your eLearning progress to be migrated over. You will not be able to progress through the eLearning series from October 19th to October 26th as your progress will not carry over.

Following the week-long black-out, on Monday October 26th, the OCO’s website will be your entry point for the eLearning series.

If you have any questions about the OCO and the transition, please don’t hesitate to reach out to or

Caregivers as Partners: education for health care providers

Created by The Change Foundation, in partnership with the Changing CARE teams, Caregivers as Partners is an educational series for providers that helps them improve the experience of family caregivers through practical tips and examples.

The suite features interactive modules that were developed using Bloom’s Taxonomy, adult learning principles and e-learning best practices. The modules are rooted in open learning, are accessibility compliant and available in an online format for individual learning, learning management system (LMS) formats for organization integration and PowerPoint (PPT) for group learning. The suite consists of two series.

Caregivers As Partners

The Caregivers as Partners 3-part series offers healthcare providers practical learnings on how to engage, support and empower family caregivers. Applicable to anyone working in health, community and social care, the series can be used by front-line providers, ancillary staff, senior management and leadership to improve the family caregiver experience and support a shift in culture where caregivers are truly recognized as partners in care.

The module topics are:

  1. Understanding the Role of Caregivers
  2. Communicating with Caregivers
  3. Empowering Caregivers

Caregivers As Partners - Mental Health and Addictions

The second series, Caregivers as Partners – Mental Health and Addiction equips healthcare providers with practical skills and resources to improve their interactions with caregivers caring for someone living with mental illness and/or addiction. The goal of this series is to better support this subset of caregivers and improve their caregiver experience. The series focuses on what makes the caregiving journey different by highlighting some of the unique experiences and challenges that these caregivers face. The series consists of 3 modules, each 20 minutes in length:

  1. Nature and Impact
  2. The Burden of Care
  3. Hope and Recovery

Each module explores a set of challenges and provides tips on what healthcare providers can do to better support caregivers experiencing that challenge.

Accredited & Applicable Towards Professional Development

This self-learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 1 Mainpro+ credits. If you are a specialist, you can apply the credits from this program to the Maintenance of Certification Program at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada under Section 2: Self-Learning. If you are a social worker or social service worker, you may use the program towards your professional development as you see fit under the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers’ Continuing Competence Program.

Accessing the Modules

To access the modules, you must create an account and login. An account is required to receive a certificate of completion upon completing all three modules. Additionally, you will need to have Adobe Flash installed and enabled on your computer.

For information about the LMS versions, please contact

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