Dementia Awareness

A report published on January 25th 2011by the Alzheimer’s Society highlights poor training by care-providers for their staff on how to work with dementia.  The number of Dementia suffered and those who care for them is set to rise dramatically over the coming decades.

This dementia training course is aimed at all staff working work within care environments with older people with dementia. A general understanding of the issues associated with Dementia will be established. Attendees will gain underpinning knowledge of pertinent issues and therefore will be able to put this into practice where necessary.

Duration:  3 or 6 hour course

Experience: None required

This course is suitable for: all staff currently working within health and social care settings in the United Kingdom. The course is designed to meet the training needs of domiciliary care agencies, care home or hospital settings and all staff. The course is also ideal for carers.

Number of Trainees: 15 maximum

Course Standard: Certificate of attendance

Equipment Needed: Handouts will be provided

Candidates will cover:

  • A brief introduction to the brain and how it works
  • The difference between acute confusional state and dementia
  • Different types of dementia e.g. Lewy Bodies Dementia, Multi-infarct Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, etc., including the varying signs and symptoms
  • Caring for a person who has dementia and promoting quality of life
  • Department of Health (DOH) & National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines
  • Various treatments available
  • Coping skills and dealing with stress for carers

By the end of the course Candidates will be able to:

  • Define the term dementia
  • Understand the different types of dementia and related illnesses
  • Develop care packages for clients with dementia