Health & Social Care
Supporting People to live well with Dementia

Participants will have a basic knowledge and understanding of dementia, how it may affect individual service users and ways in which to offer/signpost appropriate support.

By the end of the course, Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the main conditions which may cause dementia
  • Discuss why people are sometimes reluctant to seek diagnosis
  • Explain why it is important that they know each individual service user’s history
  • Describe how dementia may impact on communication
  • Explain why positive risk management is an important part of the individual service user´s care/support plan
  • Discuss the importance of a multi-disciplinary partnership approach to supporting service users, their families and friends
  • Explain the relevance of the Human Rights Act (1998), Mental Capacity Act (2005) & DoLs (2007) to individuals’ choice & decision making

One day.

This course should be run for groups of up to 16.

Staff who work in Support or Care.

The contents of this course will incorporate issues of equal opportunities and anti-oppressive practice to assist delegates in understanding and challenging all forms of discrimination.

  • Valuing people as unique individuals and treating them with dignity and respect
  • Assumptions, myths, stigma
  • What is dementia
  • Impact of dementia on service user, family, friends and wider social network
  • Assessment and diagnostic tools
  • Medical & Social Models
  • Support around the person - working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • A partnership approach to working with individuals, their family & friends
  • Communication:
    • Physical & social environment
    • How memory impacts communication for the individual
    • Interpreting behaviours
    • Enabling participation, decision making  & choice
  • Ethics, consent - Mental Capacity Act (2005), DoLs (2007)
  • Positive risk management
  • Use of reminiscence
  • Safeguarding, whistleblowing and Data Protection Act (1998)
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