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 focuses on the essential competencies to provide a palliative care approach, with 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.


Delivery Modes

LEAP Long-Term Care can be delivered online or in-person.


Who is it for?

LEAP Long-Term Care is ideal for any health care professional (e.g. physician, nurse, pharmacist, social worker) 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

  • Interprofessional approach.
  • Built by Canadian palliative care experts.
  • Learners receive a LEAP certificate of completion and an electronic copy of the best-selling resource, the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook.
  • Online
    • 17 interactive, self-learning online modules completed at your own pace (approximately 8 hours of work).
    • 6 hours of online webinars led by LEAP facilitators where learners will work through cases and discuss learnings from online modules. Personal support workers/care aides have specific case studies contextualized to their role.
  • In-person
    • Two-days, 13 hours in total.
    • Face-to-face learning with group discussion and case studies.




This two-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 26.5 Mainpro+® credits.


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.


Topics Covered Include

  • Taking ownership
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Goals of care and decision-making
  • Pain assessment and management
  • Delirium assessment and management
  • Depression, anxiety, and grief
  • Dementia
  • Dyspnea
  • Hydration and nutrition
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Palliative sedation
  • Request to hasten death
  • Suffering, spiritual care, and maintaining hope
  • Last days and hours
  • Organizational Readiness

Upcoming Sessions

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  • Leaders
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Carers
  • Heart
  • Long-Term Care
  • Core
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June 2023

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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


  • Dr. Ben Robert
  • Elisabeth Antifeau  
  • Michael MacFadden
  • Dr. Sharon Kaasalainen


  • Ann Brignell
  • Ann McKim
  • Dr. Glen Maddison
  • Dr. Jill Rice
  • Jill Marcella
  • Julie Johnson
  • Merle Teetaert
Contributors & Reviewers


  • Dr. Sandy Shamon
  • Trevor Janz
  • Amy Archer
  • Karen Peterson


  • 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


  • Western Health, NL
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority, BC


  • Shannex, Vimy Court, Bible Hill Nova Scotia, Truro, NS
  • 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