Dementia Awareness

Induction:
The Care Certificate requires that all adult social care staff undertake a level of training in dementia – mainly around ensuring that person centred support is given. This includes clerical staff, cooks, handypersons and housekeepers.
Use the workbook from the link on this page.

Core:
Dementia awareness is core for Dementia Support Workers and can be accessed as required by all other services.
It should be impressed on staff that the term ‘people living with dementia, and their families’ should be used to ensure staff focus on the person first and see the dementia as one aspect of the individual’s life, and on how staff can support the person and their families to have a good life.
Staff are directed to the following resources to support Core learning:

Online:

Social Care Institute for Excellence: About Dementia:http://www.scie.org.uk/publications/dementia/about/index.asp
Alzheimer’s society have a range of printable factsheets and a wealth of other information: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/
Workbooks from Workforce Development ( email: anne.jessamine@devon.gov.uk )
A foundation workbook is available from Workforce Development which supports the qualification DEM 201. i.e. once completed, the workbook can form part of your assessment.
Hearing the Voice: for staff who have completed the Induction and the foundation workbook, this workbook focuses on communication well with people living with dementia.
Learning Gallery Resources
http://staff.devon.gov.uk/atoz.htm/learninggallery.htm
There are a number of books and DVD’s available to loan from the Learning Gallery. Search using the keyword dementia.