Course Profile

Course Profile: Dementia Care in a Domiciliary Setting (2 Days)
It is not only in Health & Social Care settings that care has been found to be wholly inadequate, but reports have also highlighted the poor standard of care that is often being provided within people’s own homes. This course aims to ensure that learners not only have a theoretical understanding of the issues but also know how to apply them in practice to a high standard. Learners will gain an understanding of what Dementia is, how it presents symptomatically and how we should respond to this.

The course is designed to provide candidates with a relationship view of Dementia care based on the work of Tom Kitwood who adopts a Person Centred approach to care. The course is also informed by a range of other material including from ‘No Secrets’ (DoH), AGE UK, the RCN and the Alzheimer’s Society. The course is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
The course provides some knowledge for
CIS: 5.1, 5.2, 7
NHS KSF: HWB 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1
QCF: DEM201, 202, 205, 209, 210, 211, HSC2013, 2007
The course is designed for all Health and Social Care staff working with Adults in home settings.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • The different forms of Dementia such as Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia
  • The issues facing service users with an early diagnosis in a domiciliary setting
  • The role of domiciliary care within the wider context of community services
  • The basic principles of Validation and Reality Orientation
  • The strategies to manage risk effectively within the home environment
  • Supporting daily living activities taking account of the person’s mental state
  • The need to work with families in a supportive and empathic manner
  • What measures need to be taken where a service user’s condition changes
  • How to manage potential and actual conflict with service users more effectively
  • The main principles of Person Centred Care: Empowerment, Choice, Human Rights
  • Practical solutions to communication difficulties
  • Nutrition and Hydration
  • How to approach working with challenging behaviour
  • How care plans can be delivered effectively
  • The management of wondering
  • Supporting the service user with memory loss, confusion and disorientation
  • Safeguarding responsibilities
  • Supporting the person to have as rich and rewarding a life as possible; relationships, interests etc
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Practice studies, Handouts, Discussion, Word shower method, Small groups, Quiz, Visualisation