Family Caregivers as Essential Partners in Nutrition Care: Enhancing Skills in Caregiver-Centered Care

Date:  Wednesday, November 13, 2024
Time: 13:00 - 14:00 ET (1:00pm - 2:00pm ET)



Webinar description:

Family caregivers are the backbone of the healthcare system and need support to sustain their care and own wellbeing.  While professional competencies and organizational missions may call for person- and family-centered care approaches, many healthcare providers report being ill-equipped and under-resourced to recognize, partner with, and support family caregivers. Through sharing stories and interactive learning, this webinar will help participants gain understanding and practical experience in engaging family caregivers to effectively foster a more collaborative and integrated care approach. This workshop will raise awareness of and enhance nutrition professionals' ability to support family caregivers.

Learning Objectives:

  After this session, participants will be able to:

  1. recognize family caregivers as essential partners in nutrition care
  2. meaningfully engage family caregivers as partners in our practices 
  3. assess family caregivers’ strengths and where they need support to continue their caregiving while maintaining their own wellbeing

Moderator: To be confirmed

About the Speakers:

Emily Andreiuk is a Registered Dietitian and holds a MEd in Health Sciences Education. She has extensive experience working closely with caregivers in a rural home care context. Currently, her work is focused on adult education and knowledge translation within Alberta’s healthcare system. Emily works with the provincial Primary Health Care team focused on transitions in care.



Hisham Karami is a seasoned healthcare leader with over 15 years of experience in healthcare environments. He is an internationally educated RD with a strong background in change management, lean principles, and quality improvement. Hisham is passionate about fostering a culture of excellence and innovation within his role as Manager of Nutrition and Food Services with Alberta Health Services. Throughout his career, he embraced the art of collaboration and led multidisciplinary teams in implementing initiatives that have improved patient experience and operational efficiencies. His ability to effectively navigate complex healthcare environments, combined with a strategic vision, has allowed him to empower healthcare teams to reach their potential and deliver what matters to patients, clients and their families.

Tanya L’Heureux has been in family caregiver roles most of her life and has extensive experience in co-facilitating interactive webinars. She has been a Registered Dietitian for almost 20 years, practicing within clinical and public health contexts. She holds a Masters of Adult Education and is a PhD Candidate in Kinesiology and Health Studies, pursing her passions in collective impact, continuous quality improvement, and health equity. Currently, she is Education Lead for Caregiver-Centered Care, working with an over 150+ member team of family caregivers and multi-level, interprofessional health and social care providers to co-design, co-produce, and facilitate implementation of competency-based education to support care providers provide person-centered care for family caregivers.


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