Course Profile

Course Profile: Dementia (1-3 Days)
Dementia is a condition that is often misunderstood. Reports indicate that people with Dementia are not being treated with the humanity & professionalism that we would expect; indeed, in some cases, not even having their most basic needs met. Staff, in both Health and Social Care environments believe that they are inadequately trained in this area. Thus they are left feeling deskilled and service users not getting the appropriate support that is their right.
This course aims to demystify the condition and help workers understand it - from causation, through the progress of the condition and to the end of life stages. They will consider how to approach support in a practical and 'Person Centred way' so that service users experience dignity and respect in their lives. The course is informed by the Dignity Campaign as well as a range of legislative and professional guidelines including the DoH, Alzheimer's Society, Age UK, the Dementia challenge, the Dignity Do's and set in the context of The Care Act 2014. The course supports the Social Care Commitment.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: Core 1.2; HWB1.2; HWB5.2;
Care certificate: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13.2
QCF: DEM 201; 202; 204; 205; 207; 209; 210; 211
The course is designed for Health & Support staff working with people with Dementia in a variety of settings.
The course will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:
  • What is meant by Dementia as an umbrella term
  • Typical signs and symptoms
  • Diagnosis:
    -How it is made
    -Who would be involved
    -Information that would be useful
    -a disability?
  • The different Dementias-a brief overview and prognosis for each
  • How the brain is affected by Dementia and the impact on memory, skills and ability
  • What is Alzheimer's disease
  • Who gets it: Gender, Ethnicity, Age, etc
  • What causes it: Recent research & myths
  • Who is indirectly affected and how; including 'living bereavement'
  • The progress of the condition-Stages
  • What might it be like to experience Dementia
  • Caring for someone at home; the joys and the challenges
  • Resources and help available
  • The move to residential care (Incl. issues for family)
  • Care in early stages-the period of adjustment for the person and their supporters
  • The need to work and cooperate with others
  • The role of medication
  • The types of medication and purpose
  • Medication abuse
  • The do's and don'ts
  • What is a therapeutic dose and what is over-dosing
  • Advocacy and whistle blowing
  • How Dementia affects communication and practical solutions
  • How to support the person in meeting their basic needs:
    - eating and drinking
    - personal care
    - continence
    - sleeping
    - mobility
    - privacy
    - Communication
  • Supporting the person with:
    - confusion
    - restlessness
    - repetition
    - disorientation
    - memory
    - communication etc.
  • Helping the person to maintain and develop relationships
  • The importance of a safe, supportive, calm but interesting environment
  • Maintaining skills and independence
  • Meeting cultural, spiritual and identity needs (incl. LGBT)
  • Working with Anxiety/Depression, Delirium, Delusions and Hallucinations
  • The responsibility for Safeguarding
  • Why people may behave aggressively
  • Avoiding aggressive behaviour-an introduction to managing aggressive behaviour
  • Health and Safety and working with risk
  • The end of life stages in a residential setting
  • The need for flexible and effective Person Centred support plans linked with risk assessment
  • Capacity and the key elements of the MCA
  • The need for effective record keeping and sharing of information
  • Local policy and legislation
Training methods utilised include: Presentations, Role-play, Trust exercises, Word-storming, Feedback, Discussion, Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Group work, DVD and Handouts