By the end of this session participants should:
- Understand the main signs and symptoms of the more common types of dementia
State other factors which can cause confusion / memory problems.
- Be able to identify potential communication barriers.
- Understand behaviour is a form of communication; possibly expressing feelings and unmet needs.
- Be able to explore what a person with dementia maybe communicating through their behaviour.
- Be able to recognise the different reality of a person with dementia and how this may impact upon behaviour.
- Identify factors, including the care approach and environment, that may cause additional difficulties for people with dementia
- Be able to use skills to maximise communication and understanding with people with dementia.
- Identify and respond appropriately to behaviours difficult to understand.
- Be able to consider alternative strategies to the use of anti-psychotic medication when caring for a person with dementia, who maybe communicating their feelings and unmet needs through their behaviour.
Training Method Used
All of our training sessions are intended to be as interactive as possible. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, make comments and bring up their own issues. We use lots of different methods including quizzes, case studies, video clips and small group work as well as direct teaching. We want participants to leave the session saying “that was really enjoyable – and it was directly relevant to my working life.”