Dementia Voice Training Department

Values of Dementia Voice Training

People with dementia are individuals who have their own distinctive wishes and needs. The courses adopt a person-centred approach to identifying and meeting these needs. The skills, experience and resources available to carers are seen as an important element of this.

All our courses aim to respect people’s diversity and participants and presenters will aim to work together in shared respect and confidentiality. Click button below to contact the Training Service directly.

 

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Learning Methods

Through experiential exercises, each course member is encouraged to build on his or her own knowledge and to share this activity with other participants. Real work situations, supported by examples and case studies, are examined and discussed leading to learning points for best practice.

Courses Currently on Offer

One-day Awareness Course

Target participants: This course will benefit people in caring roles in residential, day care and domiciliary care, who have not received any formal dementia-care training, and may include family carers.

Course Aim: To develop an understanding of the causes of dementia and the consequences of the dementing process on abilities, skills, communication and behaviour, and to explore person-centred support for the person with dementia.

Course Content: We begin with an overview of the main features of dementia and how people are affected by it. We move on to recognition of the essential skills that make giving good care possible; spending some time looking at overcoming barriers to communication and then exploring the impact of dementia and care environments on behaviour.

Pre-requisite reading material accompanies this course and there are handouts to support exercises and information used during training.

Two-day Foundation Course

Target participants: This course will benefit people in caring roles in residential, day centre and domiciliary care, who have not received recent training in dementia care.

Course Aim: To develop the ability of participants to deliver best practice in person-centred care in meeting the needs of people with dementia.

Course Content: The course starts with an overview of the main features of dementia and how people are affected by it, while considering treatable conditions that mimic dementia. We move on to help participants to recognise the essential skills that make giving good care possible – care that maximises the abilities and well-being of each person with dementia. On day two we start by looking at overcoming barriers to communication and the impact of communication on relationships. We then explore the impact of dementia and the care environment on behaviour; considering supportive interventions and reflecting on current practice.

The course is accompanied by written material that supports the information and exercises used during training.

Minds and Meals

Target participants: This course will benefit people in caring roles in residential and day centre establishments, including managers of care and catering staff.

Course Aim: To develop a shared understanding of the relationship between catering and caring and to examine how dementia affects that relationship. To identify how this knowledge will impact on current practice.

Course Content: This one-day course covers information on how the process of dementia affects eating, and explores issues around food, nutrition and the impact of the eating environment. Guidance around support and interventions are included.

Handouts support the exercises and information used during the day.

For information on training please contact Francesca Vandelli
Email francesca@dementia-voice.org.uk
Tel: 0117 975 4863