Dementia Awareness

Overview

A Course developed to provide basic awareness on the subject of Dementia Illness, aimed at carers and support workers within the Health and Social Sector.

Aims & Objectives:

Aims & Objectives:

This awareness course is designed to provide the learner with the essential knowledge and skills required to offer the best professional approach to caring for people who have dementia. Learners will:

  • Gain an understanding of the different types of dementia, early symptoms and current treatments available
  • Develop an awareness of the different support agencies available
  • Develop a clear vision about their role and responsibilities in caring for adults with dementia

At the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • define clearly what dementia is and list its main causes
  • identify the early symptoms and warning signs
  • list some of the potential middle and late-stage symptoms
  • explain the importance and benefits of tracking the progression of dementia

Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding of the different types of dementia
  • Clear awareness of the different signs and symptoms that are associated with dementia and its effect on individuals.
  • Understanding of the challenges that someone living with dementia might present.
  • Awareness of the person-centred approach to caring for people living with dementia.
  • Understanding of some of the therapeutic approaches that are used to encourage effective engagement with people living with dementia
  • Understanding of challenging behaviour issues

Course Outline:

Course overview:

The course looks at many different aspects of Dementia from its definition right through to supporting those involved in working with people living with dementia. It addresses the different types of dementia, the various symptoms that are presented, drugs that are used to treat people with dementia, and how to provide person-centred care for people living with dementia.

Course content:

  • Dementia overview: myths and facts
  • Types and forms of dementia
  • Sign, symptoms and effects of dementia
  • Living with dementia including assisted eating and drinking
  • Achieving person-centred dementia care
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Dealing with challenging behaviour

This course encourages delegate participation through group discussion as well as individual input through subgroup and pair work. The trainer uses a range of facilitation and presentation techniques including PowerPoint, flip-chart work and tutor-led discussion, and delegates retain a comprehensive training pack for future reference and further reading

Intended For:

The course is an invaluable 'first step' for all who work in dementia care or those who want to have a general understanding of dementia and its effects

It is also an excellent 'update' course.

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