Person-centred practice in working with people with dementia

A 2-day course for social workers and occupational therapists devised and delivered by DementiaTrainers.

Day 1

  • The experience of dementia: understanding the perspective of people with dementia
  • Facts about dementia: types, symptoms and their causes, statistics, risk factors
  • The assessment process: identifying factors leading to secondary losses of ability
  • Current drivers and guidelines for dementia care
  • A prosthetic environment: good dementia care design, adaptations and assistive technology
  • The assessment process: recognising needs of individuals and background information relevant to the planning of their care
  • Care planning: working to compensate for difficulties and maximise strengths

Day 2

  • Person-centred work with carers
  • Facilitating communication and choice in identifying and meeting the needs of individuals
  • The impact of needs and unmet needs
  • Responding to different realities – eg delusional beliefs and hallucinations – and gathering information to inform the assessment process
  • Understanding and addressing the causes of challenging behaviour
  • Problem-solving through identifying needs and understanding the individual
  • Getting the balance right: a person-centred approach to the assessment and management of risk
  • The assessment of well-being as an indication of met needs

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