Two-day, award-winning palliative care course for health care professionals working in long-term care and nursing homes.

LEAP Long-Term Care is an interprofessional course that provides health care professionals with an in-depth learning experience on essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach with course modules and case studies contextualized to the long-term care setting. LEAP Long-Term Care is taught by local experts who are experienced palliative care clinicians and educators.


Who is it for?

LEAP Long-Term Care is ideal for any health care professional (e.g. physician, nurse, pharmacist, social worker, etc.) as well as personal support workers (PSWs) or care aides working in long-term care and nursing homes.

LEAP Long-Term Care promotes teamwork and collaboration among different health care professionals who work in a variety of settings.


Course Features

  • Two days, 13 hours in total
  • Face-to-face learning with group discussion and case studies
  • Interprofessional approach
  • Built by Canadian palliative care experts
  • Course materials include a downloadable manual and the best-selling resource, the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook



This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 26.5 Mainpro+ credits.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of LEAP Long-Term Care, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the importance of self-awareness when providing palliative and end-of-life care
  • Identify patients who could benefit from a palliative care approach earlier in the illness trajectory
  • Promote and undertake Advance Care Planning discussions
  • Assess and manage pain; delirium; dementia; gastrointestinal symptoms, hydration, and nutrition; and respiratory symptoms
  • Develop plans to address spiritual or psychosocial needs
  • Initiate essential discussions related to palliative and end-of-life care in daily work
  • Identify and implement support strategies in grief and bereavement situations
  • Prepare patients and families for last days and hours
  • Recognize the role of all care providers in long-term care in providing a palliative care approach


Course Modules

  • Being Aware
  • Taking Ownership
  • Decision-making and Advance Care Planning
  • Pain Management
  • Delirium and Dementia
  • Essential Conversations
  • Psychosocial and Spiritual Care
  • Gastrointestinal Symptoms, Hydration, and Nutrition
  • Last Days and Hours
  • Grief
  • Organizational Readiness

Upcoming Sessions

There are currently no upcoming LEAP Long-Term Care sessions.

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    LEAP courses are developed and peer-reviewed by volunteer pan-Canadian teams of subject matter experts who are committed to promoting the palliative care approach.

    Course Lead
    • Dr. José Luis Pereira, MBChB, DA, CCFP, MSc (ON)
    • Mary Lou Kelley, MSW, PhD
    LEAP LTC Working Group
    • Ann Brignell
    • Ann McKim
    • Dr. Glen Maddison
    • Dr. Jill Rice
    • Jill Marcella
    • Julie Johnson
    • Merle Teetaert
    Contributors & Reviewers
    • Dr. Agnes Klutz
    • Dr. Ross Johnson
    • Dr. Frank Knoefel
    • Dr. Benoit Robert
    • Serena Lewis
    • Jamie Linstead
    • Dr. Chris Brymer
    • Dr. Sue Mather
    • Judy White
    • Dr. Dave Henderson
    • Dr. Valerie Masuda
    • Dr. Lori Teeple
    • Elizabeth Dougherty
    • Anita Roopani
    • Maryse Bouvette
    • Jackie McDonald
    • Charlotte Robinson
    • Kath Murray
    • Jessica McAnulty
    • Dr. Christine Jones
    • Stephanie Hendrickson
    • Dr. Leah MacDonald
    • Della Roberts
    • Valerie Jensen
    • Dr. Margaret Fry
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    • Selkirk Place Residential Care, Victoria, BC
    • Providence Farm, Duncan, BC
    • Fudger House, Toronto, ON
    • St. Paul’s Church, Toronto, ON
    • Kensington Health Centre, Toronto, ON
    • The Perley and Rideau Veteran’s Health Centre, Ottawa, ON
    • Baycrest Health Sciences, Toronto, ON