Canadian Remote Access for Dementia Learning Experiences+ (CRADLE+)


In this course, you will explore strategies to meaningfully connect and support people living with dementia and their care partners.

Course Description

In this course, each module shares the story of a senior living with dementia or a care provider supporting them. With rich media and interactive features, you will explore evidence-informed, person-centred approaches to dementia care and learn how to apply them to real-life care scenarios. The course can be completed at a self-selected pace in approximately five hours until December 31, 2023.

The course was designed for unregulated care providers (e.g., personal support workers, health care aides/assistants, continuing care assistants, and resident aides) working in long-term care, retirement living, and home and community care settings across Canada.


Course Outline

Elijah     Elijah’s Story

Elijah lives on his farm in Valleyview, Alberta. You will explore ways to learn about a person’s unique story to better understand the meaning behind a person’s actions.

Lilly    Lily’s Story

Lily lives in a long-term care home in Kapuskasing, northern Ontario. You will explore ways to prevent, identify and respond to situations of immediate concern for a person living with dementia in collaboration with the care team.

Albert    Albert’s Story

Albert lives in a nursing home in Selkirk, Manitoba. You will learn the importance of exploring each person’s unique story and discuss strategies to support their day-to-day experiences.

Nagamo    Nagamo’s Story

Nagamo lives on the land of Bearskin Lake, Kenora. You will explore ways to support a person and family’s end of life journey.

Sophie    Sophie’s Story

Sophie lives in her family home in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. You will explore changes that can occur over time for a person living with dementia and identify how the care team can best support the person and their family.

Headshot of Mrs. Costa smiling     Mrs. Costa’s Story

Valentina lives in a long-term care home in Langham, Saskatchewan. You will explore ways to support the mealtime experience in partnership with people living with dementia.

Headshot of Jack outside, smiling.    Jack’s Story

Jack lives in his home in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. You will explore ways to foster inclusion in partnership with people living with dementia in the community.

Headshot of George outside, smiling   George’s Story

George lives with this wife Janet in their family home in Riverview, New Brunswick. You will explore opportunities for meaningful engagement in partnership with people living with dementia.

Headshot of Emma   Emma’s Story

Emma lives in her home in a remote community in Manitoba. You will explore different ways care teams can best support people living with dementia and their care partners in a remote setting.

Headshot of Meiling in red scrubs uniform.   Meiling’s Story

Meiling is a care provider in Cranbrook, British Columbia. You will explore the importance of self-care and review strategies Meiling uses to help support her health and well-being as a care provider.


Course Details

Course Developed by:

The Canadian Institute for Seniors Care at Conestoga College.
The CRADLE project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre.

Cost per student: FREE


The information presented in this course is for informational purposes only and should not replace professional medical or public health advice, or other advice for any particular issue or subject. If you have any concerns about a particular health condition, please seek a qualified medical professional. D2L Corporation and Conestoga College are not responsible for, and expressly disclaim all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of the use, reference to, or reliance on this course material.


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 Start Date: January 25, 2021
 End Date: December 31, 2023
 Duration: 5 hours, 100% self-directed, complete at your own pace.
 Cost: FREE

Registration is open until December 31, 2023.

7453 seats available.
Price: Free