Dementia Awareness Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

There is a significant lack of readily-available education on dementia for those providing care, be they a family member or in some cases students and practising care givers. This course provides a thorough understanding of all aspects of this complex subject.

Caring for an individual with symptoms of dementia is challenging. It’s even harder if you don’t fully understand the condition. With this in mind, the course shares basic information about the different types of dementia, the causes, and the common risk factors that contribute to its development in an individual.

You will learn how to spot the onset of dementia and how a diagnosis is determined. You will also discover how it damages the brain; what the cognitive, functional, behavioural and emotional changes that can occur are, and what treatments can be used to slow progression.

‘Person-centered care’ brings focus to the needs and preferences of an individual with dementia, in a respectful and responsive way. It also considers the values of the person and their family in all aspects of decision making. You will discover more about this type of care in this course.

To communicate effectively with those who have dementia requires respect, inclusiveness, and a thorough understanding of effective communication strategies. You need to adapt to continue meaningful communication throughout each phase of dementia. The Dementia Awareness Diploma Course explains how to do this, along with guidance on how to overcome even the most challenging of communication barriers.

As a caregiver, you need to encompass the role by learning how to manage chronic and intermittent medical conditions, monitor psychological changes, and provide a level of personal care that may be outside of your current comfort zone. You will also have to manage your own, and the sufferer’s family’s, expectations of the care that can be provided. This course guides you through the considerations you must make and how to go about being a carer for a family member.

The symptoms of dementia can leave those with the condition in a vulnerable state. The Dementia Awareness Diploma Course outlines how to assess and manage home safety risks, to limit possible hazards, and how to prepare for emergencies.

Loss of social abilities through dementia can leave its sufferers feeling an increased sense of alienation and isolation. It is important to employ meaningful activities that promote physical and mental stimulation, self-expression, and interaction, to bring back a sense of belonging, purpose, normality, and enjoyment. This course guides you through activities that can be used to stimulate the senses and encourage social interaction, and what the positive outcomes of these activities can be.

Due to the nature of dementia, someone with the condition is likely to exhibit some forms of challenging behaviour. The Dementia Awareness Diploma Course provides guidance on how to respond to some of the more common behaviours. These include agitation, screaming, wandering, sexual dis-inhibition, and cursing (swearing). This information also provides a basis for you to formulate similar or new strategies for other types of challenging behaviours that you may come across.

Providing care to an individual with dementia involves a network of people, which itself needs support. The course explains the roles of the various people involved and educates on how to help the primary caregiver, especially when this is a family member.

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is Dementia?
  • Part 2: Common Types of Dementia
  • Part 3: Risk Factors for Dementia
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Common Signs and Symptoms of Dementia
  • Part 2: Diagnosing Dementia
  • Part 3: Damaged Areas of the Brain
  • Part 4: Cognitive, Functional, Behavioural and Emotional Changes
  • Part 5: Treatment
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Elements of Person-Centered Care
  • Part 2: Compassionate Practices
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Respect and Inclusiveness
  • Part 2: Communication During Early Stage of Dementia
  • Part 3: I Want to Go Home!
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Chronic Medical Conditions
  • Part 2: Acute Medical Conditions
  • Part 3: Expanding Comfort Zones During Personal Care
  • Part 4: Resistance to Care
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Safety Risks
  • Part 2: Falls and Injuries
  • Part 3: Preparing for Emergencies
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Meaningful Activities
  • Part 2: How activities benefit everyone
  • Part 3: Activities for home
  • Part 4: Activities for long-term care homes
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Agitation and aggressive behaviours
  • Part 2: Bathing and grooming
  • Part 3: Sundowning
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Care teams
  • Part 2: Emotional Responses to Caregiving
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Conclusion
  • Module 9 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

The Dementia Awareness Diploma Course is aimed at carers of those with dementia, family members, and those looking for a thorough understanding of this complex subject. It is also especially useful to business owners/managers who administer long-term care homes for individuals with dementia.

Some caregivers have little, if any, prior health or dementia education and begin the task of care with little preparation or understanding of what is involved. This course will teach you everything you need to know about dementia and how to best help the sufferers of this condition.

Accreditations

The Dementia Awareness Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Many Centre of Excellence courses are Fully Accredited by the world’s leading professional membership association for natural medicine – The Complementary Medical Association (The CMA).

You can apply to join The CMA as a Student Member while you are still studying, and if you do so you will be eligible to use the post nominal letters SCMA after your name.

Upon graduation from a CMA Registered course you will be eligible to apply for CMA Membership and this will give you numerous professional benefits including being able to use the letters MCMA after your name – Member of The Complementary Medical Association. This will demonstrate your commitment to excellence and professionalism in the natural healthcare field.

Register with The CMA as a Student or fully qualified Practitioner via The CMA website where you will be asked to submit your certificate of graduation, and proof of insurance.

The CMA’s recommended insurers are Westminster global.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £25).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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