Understanding Dementia

Who is this dementia awareness training course for?

The Mandatory Training Group’s dementia awareness eLearning course was developed for individuals who look after or support people who have dementia.

This dementia training course should be completed by all healthcare and social care staff. This includes unpaid and voluntary staff working in NHS and private hospitals, locum doctors, locum allied health professionals, agency nurses and healthcare assistants. This online dementia awareness training course is also relevant for health and social care support workers, including charities, nursing and residential home staff

This online dementia awareness training course covers the main points relating to dementia. It has additional online learning resources that provide more details for learners to refer to during the course and in practice.

Course aims and objectives

This dementia training course is aimed at individuals as well as health and social care staff to improve awareness of the importance of interacting with people who have dementia in a sensitive and understanding manner. This elearning course explains what dementia is, including the changes and symptoms and best practice for those who have caring roles.

On completion of this dementia training online, you will be able to:

  • Define the term ‘dementia’
  • Have an awareness of the prevalence of dementia in the UK population.
  • Identify signs of dementia and also explain how these signs may be associated with other conditions or circumstances.
  • Explain why early diagnosis of dementia is important.
  • Support people who have dementia so that they can live fulfilling lives with their diagnosis
  • understand that each individual is unique and that dementia will not affect people in exactly the same way
  • Have an understanding of the impact of dementia on individuals living with dementia, their families, friends and society as a whole
  • Describe the changes that people with dementia and their families experience
  • Explain the many factors which influence the experience of living with dementia
  • Describe person-centred approaches to caring
  • Understand the importance of effective communication and showing compassion to people who have dementia
  • Understand that signs of frustration and distress by a person who has dementia may be a means to communicate unmet needs
  • Be able to signpost individuals, families and carers to dementia advice, support and information
  • To provide a FREE blended learning environment that is available to all individuals and businesses

What is covered in this online dementia training course?

  • Introduction
  • What is dementia?
  • What causes dementia
  • Types of dementia
  • Person-centred dementia care
  • Dementia and existing health conditions
  • Dementia effects on family and friends
  • Changes brought about by dementia
  • Positive aspects
  • Where to get support
  • Summary

Assessment and certification

At the end of this online dementia awareness training course, learners will be required to complete an online assessment. On successful completion of the knowledge test (80% pass mark), learners will be able to download a FREE CPD certificate that is valid for one year.

Course accreditation

The content of this online dementia awareness training course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines..

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