Dementia Courses

Dementia: Awareness (supports units DEM 201/301 and Dementia Core Skills Education Framework – Standard 1)

 This course is an introductory course to the types of dementia. It covers the importance of timely diagnosis and the basic anatomy and physiology of the brain. The symptoms will be defined broadly and this will be related on a basic level to the types of dementia found in their setting. Other factors that cause confusion will also be covered such as delirium, depression and the environment.

Course Outcomes

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

  • State the different types and prevalence rates of dementia
  • State the key functions of the brain that are affected by dementia
  • Describe the risk factors for the most common causes of dementia
  • State common sign and symptoms
  • Describe the experience of dementia, recognising it is unique to each individual person this will bring in different realities
  • Identify reasons for a timely diagnosis
  • Describe the possible impact upon having a diagnosis for a person and their family members
  • State other factors which can cause confusion / memory problems.
  • Identify how individual behaviours and perceptions of dementia can impact on the quality of care experience of dementia

Target Group:  All staff, volunteers, family carers, direct employers and their PA’s working with people with dementia

Time:                09:30 – 16:30                              Duration:                      1 day

Date: Venue:
24th September 2018 Box Moor Trust, Hemel Hempstead
1st October 2018 Robertson House, Stevenage
6th December 2018 Robertson House, Stevenage

Dementia: Communication Skills (supports unit DEM 205 /308 and Dementia Core Skills Education Framework – Standard 5)

 The course provides a basic over view of how internal and external factors influence communication in an individual with dementia. This session provides a range of communication tools to enable the candidates to work in creative ways to respond flexibly to the changing needs of the individual with dementia. This course also looks at specific communication problems such as dealing with different realities and challenging behaviour as communication.

At a basic level this course encourages participants to consider the importance of communication as a foundation for relationships which provide the platform for positive interventions.

Course Outcomes

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

 Identify ways to assess the communication strengths and abilities of the individual with dementia

  • State how dementia can impact on communication skills
  • Identify other factors that might influence the individual’s ability to communicate
  • Describe a range of communication strategies that could be adopted at different stages of dementia
  • Describe techniques to overcome the barriers to communication
  • Describe how information about an individual’s life history can strengthen communication
  • Apply active listening skills
  • Explain how assumptions and beliefs influence effective communication
  • Explain how challenging behavior is a form of communication

Target Group:  All staff, volunteers, family carers, direct employers and their PA’s working with people with dementia

Time:                        09:30 – 16:30             Duration:                            1 day

Date: Venue:
28th November 2018 Box Moor Trust, Hemel Hempstead
4th March 2019 Robertson House, Stevenage

Dementia Risk Reduction and Prevention

 The Black Friars Consensus put ‘dementia risk reduction’ on the Government agenda in 2014. Following which, the Care Act 2014 introduced responsibilities of prevention. Last year the Cochrane review of prevention strategies in dementia care was published: a landmark publication.

This course considers how evidenced based research might be used to introduce risk reduction strategies into social care practice. It explores risk reduction strategies for individuals over the life course, including pre and post dementia.

Participants will be given opportunity to discuss support for a person and their family through the diagnosis process. Post diagnosis, a person centred approach is taken when considering positive strategies to adopt

Course Outcomes

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

  • Identify the three levels of risk reduction
  • Describe tools that may be used to identify lifestyle risk factors.
  • Identify at risk groups in own services
  • Explain practical strategies that can be put in place to minimise risks
  • Identify the benefits, and process, of diagnosis
  • Describe person centred ways of providing post diagnostic support

Target Group: All staff, volunteers, family carers, direct employers and their PA’s working with people with dementia

Time:                        09:30 – 12:30                     Duration:                ½ day

Date: Venue:
5th September  2018 Robertson House, Stevenage

End of Life in Dementia Care

 Living well with dementia also includes supporting a person with dementia to die well. The main aim of this course is to develop knowledge and understanding that may help participants provide enhanced support to people with dementia, and their significant others, towards the end of life.

Participants will have the opportunity to identify factors which may impact upon a person’s experience and discuss ways of overcoming these barriers.

Participants will explore the potential impact of caring for a person at end of life on one’s own wellbeing and identify a range of support mechanisms.

Course Outcomes

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

 Describe how people’s belief systems, including religious and cultural, may influence their approach to end of life care.

  • Explain what is meant by the terms ‘end of life care’ and ‘palliative care’
  • Identify what makes death a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ experience
  • Describe challenges when supporting a person with dementia at the end of life.
  • Describe ways of overcoming potential barriers when supporting an individual with dementia at the end of life.
  • Describe the purpose of advanced care planning including: ‘advance statement of wishes’ and ‘advance decision to refuse treatment’.
  • Identify other professionals who may be involved in end of life care
  • Identify the possible impact upon, and describe appropriate support, for significant others
  • Describe the potential impact of caring for a person at end of life on one’s own wellbeing and identify a range of support mechanisms

Target Group: All staff, volunteers, family carers, direct employers and their PA’s working with people with dementia

Time:                     09:30 – 16:30                             Duration:                   1 day

Date: Venue:
7th December  2018 Box Moor Trust, Hemel Hempstead
21st February 2019 Robertson House, Stevenage

To book please send a booking form to: Workforce Development and Partnership Team, SFAR201, Farnham House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 2FQ, Email:  pvi.learning@hertfordshire.gov.uk

All courses are FREE OF CHARGE

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