Course Profile

Course Profile: Social & Activity Support for Older People (1 Day)
Too often older people are seen to simply need ‘feeding’ and support with personal care, yet the older years can be a time for discovering talents, finding new interests and having fun. This course aims to help support workers develop programmes and skills so as to enable older people to live full, interesting and rewarding lives. It also looks at a range of strategies for enhancing the lives of people with Dementia so as to help preserve competencies for as long as is possible. The course is informed by ‘Keeping active & staying involved’ and Maintaining everyday skills’  (Alzheimers’ Society), the National Dementia Strategy, NICE Guidelines, The Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England and information from Skills for Care, SCIE, MIND and The Department of Health.
The course is set in the context of The Care Act 2014 (promoting health and wellbeing) and supports the Social Care Commitment.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF:  HWB1.2
Care Certificate: 5, 9, 13.2
QCF: DEM202, 210, 211, HSC2010, 2013, 2023

The course is designed for Health & Social Care staff working at all levels in a variety of roles and in diverse settings with Older People.
The course will help organizations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • The human drive towards growth: Maslow & Rogers
  • The aging process. Is it necessary for us to withdraw from life as we age? Challenging assumptions
  • What we mean by Anti-Ageist practice
  • Getting older...the potential losses as well as opportunities for new experiences
  • How using support services could feel like a degrading experience & the need to counter this
  • There is more to life than eating, sleeping, going to the toilet and attending to personal hygiene
  • What is meant by Person Centred support: learning from the service users. They are the experts!
  • What would be appropriate to provide ‘in house’: e.g. Reminiscence groups
  • What resources are available and what expertise could be brought in
  • Why many activities would be more appropriately provided within the ‘community’
  • The resources that are required and how to access these
  • The process of deciding on an individual or group activity
  • The need to ensure that group activities do not become a replay of ‘batch’ care
  • How to draft and implement an activity plan
  • The need to be mindful of Health & Safety, including Risk Assessment
  • The range of activities appropriate for people with Dementia:
  •      -The need for consistency and familiarity
         -The need to provide activities that suit the individual and the particular phase of the condition
         -Maintaining skills and function and slowing down losses
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Small group work, Debate and reflection, Word shower method, Simulation exercise, Chalk & talk, Handouts