Dementia Awareness Training 2018

Alzheimers Dementia Support (‘ADS’) is a local charity, operating in Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead, Slough & Langley. Since 2011 ‘ADS’ have been running informative and interactive training programs, aimed at raising the awareness of Dementia within our local community. Our training programmes have been designed to demonstrate how seriously the disease affects the lives of the many people it touches and comes in a variety of formats to fit the needs of different sectors.

Training Programmes

All training is designed to increase awareness of dementia, by exploring some of the signs and symptoms of dementia and how they may present. The use of short videos and written extracts demonstrates what it may be like to live with dementia. By the end of the session delegates should have increased confidence & understanding of dementia.

Objectives:

  • To understand what dementia is (and what it is not).
  • To increase awareness of types of dementia.
  • To be able to identify some signs & symptoms.
  • To feel more confident in being able to assist a person with dementia.
  • To encourage positive and open discussion about dementia.
  • To know where to go for further information & support on dementia.
  • DEMENTIA AWARENESS - Suitable for: Person’s over 16years old

    Duration: 2.5hours

     Content of session:

    • Introduction
    • Why is Dementia Awareness Important?
    • What is Dementia?
    • Types of Dementia
    • Principles of Care
    • Understanding Dementia
    • Indications of Dementia
    • Changes in the Brain
    • Unpredictable Behaviour
    • Top Tips

    This session provides a detailed over view of dementia. It is suitable for those over the age of 16 years looking to increase their knowledge and understanding.

    Videos used to increase understanding of what it may be like to have dementia:

    -Darkness in the Afternoon is an emotionally powerful and memorable video that may not always be suitable for all audiences.

    -Barbra’s Story is set within the health care system so is particularly relevant to care staff.  As it is less hard hitting it may be used when Darkness in the Afternoon is not suitable.

    This is a versatile training that can be adapted to meet the needs of the audience by changing the emphasis and detail of particular parts of the session. E.g. more detail about the principles of care and unpredictable behaviour for care staff; for carers provide more detail in the progression of dementia and practical top tips for dealing with different indications of dementia; for general public explain the importance of increasing dementia awareness.

  • DEMENTIA AWARENESS FOR BUSINESSES - Suitable for: Small businesses & Retail Staff

    Duration: 2.5hours

    Content of session:

    • Introduction
    • Why is Dementia Awareness Important?
    • What is Dementia?
    • Types of Dementia
    • Dementia Progression
    • Understanding Dementia
    • Indications of Dementia

    • Changes in the Brain
    • Unpredictable Behaviour
    • Dementia & Shopping
    • Enabling Environments
    • What is most helpful?
    • ‘REASSURE’ Tips

    Training begins by explaining the importance of being dementia aware, what dementia is and how you may spot a customer with dementia. It differs from the ‘standard’ training as it does not go into as much detail. It then explains and explores the perception differences people with dementia may experience and provide tips on making business environments more enabling for the person with dementia and their carer.

  • DEMENTIA & UNPREDICTABLE BEHAVIOUR - Suitable for: 16years+, Dementia Awareness Refresher

    Duration: 2.5hours

    Content of session: 

    • 10 question true/false
    • Changes in the Brain
    • Reasons for ‘wandering’

    • ‘Unpredictable’ Behaviour
    • Changes in perception
    • Top Tips

    This session works well as a refresh for someone who has already received dementia awareness training. It begins with a true or false dementia quiz which covers the basics of dementia awareness. It then provides further detail on how to cope with unpredictable behaviours such as aggression & hallucinations. As well as explaining some of the perceptual differences people with dementia may experience.

  • DEMENTIA AWARENESS & BARBARA’S STORY - Suitable for: Hospital staff, care staff

    Duration: 2.5hours

    Content of session:

    • Introduction
    • Why is Dementia Awareness Important?
    • What is Dementia?
    • Types of Dementia

    • Indications of Dementia
    • Changes in the Brain
    • Barbara’s Story
    • Top Tips

    This training is particularly suitable for staff within the care industry. It begins with explaining what dementia is, indication of dementia and changes in the brain. It then goes on to have an in depth look at Barbra’s Story (video) which is set within the health care system. Watching the video in segments then pausing to discuss specific questions on each segment. The discussion can be done as one large group or in several smaller groups depending on size.

    The training still covers how best to work with people with dementia, coping with unpredictable behaviour, principles of care and understanding what it may be like to have dementia through specific examples of relevant situations shown within the video.

  • DEMENTIA IN 15 MINUTES - Suitable for: 4-18 years old, School assemblies, class rooms, youth group

    Duration: 15minutes (plus)

     Content of session:

    • What is Dementia?
    • Signs of Dementia?
    • What causes dementia?

    • Who is effected by dementia?
    • Who helps the person with dementia?
    • Video

    The session introduces the topic of dementia. It is brilliant starting point with children and young people as the set up allows for more complex detail to be added depending on the age and experience of the audience.

    It can be a standalone session, or it is possible to follow it on with group discussion, worksheets or games

  • CARING FOR DEMENTIA - Suitable for: Carers/friends/family of a person with dementia

    Duration: 3 hours

    Content of session:

    • What is dementia
    • How to get a diagnosis
    • What to do after diagnosis?
      – Telling family
      – Carer’s allowance
      – Lasting power of attorney
      – Living will/Advance Decisions

    • Dementia in the home
    • Activities
    • Practical tips
    • Moving & Handling
    • Caring for the carer
    • Local support

    This training can be easily adapted on the spot to meet the needs of the audience. For example individuals who have been caring for a person with dementia for a while may already have all the legal matters in place, so more emphasise can be spent on suitable activities for people with dementia and practical tips for everyday life.

    It is also possible to split this training into two shorter training sessions which may suit a carer’s schedule better, and also allow them to attend what is relevant to them at the time.

REGISTER TODAY

For further details or to book your Dementia Awareness Training please contact:

Laura Weight BSc (Hons), PgDip    07871 309770 
Training and Service Delivery Co-ordinator for Alzheimers Dementia Support ‘ADS’

 

Testimonials

  • Laura is clearly passionate about wanting to help those living with dementia and very knowledgeable about the subject as she is regularly asked to give talks to local community groups.  Having met with Laura in advance, and explained about the work of BLSAR, Laura gave us a very interesting insight into dementia that was tailored specifically to our needs as a Search & Rescue team.  As well as explaining about the common behaviours that someone living with dementia may exhibit, Laura also advised the team on the best ways assist that person. 
    Alison Mann, Dementia Lead, Berkshire Lowland Search & Rescue
  • Thank you so much for the brilliant awareness session this afternoon. Yet again, I learned so much and your talk was very well presented. I do hope that many others attend these courses as we can never have enough information.
    Retired Nurse, Caring for mother
  • Thank you so much for such an informative evening! You put the information over so clearly and so sensitively. I really enjoyed and benefited from this evening. 
    Carer
  • Laura was excellent – very clear and helpful, kept it interactive. 
    Health Care Professional