Health & Social Care
 
Supporting People to live well with Dementia
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>>AIM
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.

>>OBJECTIVES
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

>>DURATION
One day.

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

>>DESIGNED FOR
Staff who work in Support or Care.

>>CONTENT
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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