Module 3: Geriatric Assessment & Screening Tools


In module 3, social workers who work with older adults learned what is involved in completing a comprehensive geriatric assessment; and how it can help participants' older adult clients to remain as safe and functioning as independently as they can in their own environment. Participants learned about the best practice-based screening tools and had the opportunity to develop proficiency in using them. The interactive videos, case-based discussion board, research articles and links to further learning options ensured that participants went away from this module feeling energized and confident in their abilities to offer the best social work support and interventions to older adults.   

Joyce Hamelin, MSW, RSW, has been practicing in the Ottawa area for 30 years. She has worked in a variety of social work positions with individuals and families across the lifespan. Presently, and for the past 13 years, Joyce holds a full-time position as a Geriatric Assessor with the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario. As such, she has developed skills in completing in-home, geriatric assessments; and providing supportive interventions to her older adult clients and their caregivers, as a member of a multidisciplinary Geriatric Outreach Assessment team. Joyce has been pursuing her interest in teaching/public speaking for the past 15 years. She has been a Professor at Algonquin College in Ottawa, teaching a variety of subjects in the Department of Social Sciences, both in the classroom and now with online virtual classrooms. Currently, Joyce is an online facilitator, teaching Psychology and Communication and Interpersonal Skills with Dementia Care Clients. The focus of intervention is the optimizing of independence, by promoting health and safety in the home and community settings.  

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