Foundations in Dementia
Discover better ways to support people with dementia. Explore signs and symptoms, interventions, support networks and more.
Who is the course for?
This course would suit health and social care professionals (e.g. nurses, doctors, therapists and social workers). It will also interest students, carers of people with dementia, individuals with a recent diagnosis, volunteers, and dementia researchers.
What topics will you cover?
Week 1 – Inside the brain
Week 2 – Assessment and treatment
Week 3 – Law and ethics
Week 4 – Communication skills
Week 5 – Family and friends
Week 6 – Living well with dementia and end of life care
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
Identify how lifestyle changes may reduce the risk of dementia
Assess the signs and symptoms that may indicate dementia and describe the pathway to diagnosis and treatment
Identify communication approaches which can support the person with dementia to communicate their needs
Debate ethical aspects of decision-making in the light of English laws and guidelines (Mental Capacity Act 2005, Care Act 2014 etc)
Describe the impact of caring on family supporters
Explore the meaning of person-centred care in view of the diversity of people with dementia and their supporters, while reflecting on the influence of one’s own culture, beliefs and values at all stages of dementia