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Sep 2020

New Understanding Dementia library courses suite 

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Sally Danbury

Sally Danbury

Nurture Marketing Specialist at Kineo APAC

We recently advised our readers about the three new Understanding Dementia courses designed for Aged Care workers. These are now live on the Kineo Course library. These courses are designed to improve the learners’ understanding of dementia and how they can support people who are living with dementia.

The Understanding Dementia suite is specific to the Aged Care sector and aligns with the Aged Care Quality Standards. The course is developed with a recognised subject matter expert and in consultation with expert clients working in the field to ensure it is fit-for-purpose.  

Understanding Dementia: What is Dementia? 

The first of the three courses is ‘What is Dementia?’. This course is designed to provide the learner with an understanding of dementia, its impact and how to support people living with dementia. 
Dementia is not a mental illness. It is a syndrome or group of symptoms that affect the person living with dementia in different ways. 
Dementia involves the gradual loss of memory, the ability to think clearly, sensory stimulation and the ability to perform everyday activities. An individual approach to care and support is best as the causes of dementia vary and the experience can be different from person to person, and even moment to moment. 
This course trains the learner in: 

  • What the term 'dementia' means. 
  • The impact on a person living with dementia. 
  • The need to provide a person-centred approach to care. 

This course is an excellent introductory module for dementia training. It is suitable for new and experienced carers.  

Understanding Dementia: Person-centred care 

The ‘Person-Centred Care’ course is designed to train the learner in how to provide good person-centred care to people living with dementia.  
They’re still the same person. They just live with dementia now. 
Person-centred care is treating someone you care for as a person first. It means providing care in a way that is specific to them, taking into account their unique wants, needs, likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. This course advocates Kitwood’s ‘flower of emotional needs’ and the principle that people with dementia do not lose their identity.  
This course trains the learner in: 
●    What person-centred care is. 
●    The importance of practising person-centred care. 
●    What person-centred care might look like in practice. 
●    The importance of taking care of yourself. 
This course is relevant for anyone providing person-centred care to someone living with dementia.  

Understanding Dementia: Effective Communication 

Kineo’s  'Effective Communication’ course is designed to teach the learner how to communicate effectively with people living with dementia. 
As dementia advances, verbal communication breaks down resulting in people living with dementia communicating their emotions in different ways. Good carers make sure that the person they’re caring for feels comfortable and free to communicate.  
As the person changes the way they communicate, so should the carer. 
 This course trains the learner in: 

  • Ensuring the people you care for have their needs met and their dignity maintained.
  • Recognising when a person living with dementia is communicating an unmet need.
  • Helping meet the needs and requirements of the people you care for. 

This course is excellent behavioural-based training for anyone providing care to someone living with dementia.  

We are proud to offer the new Understanding Dementia courses, featured in the Kineo Course library that are available now and designed to be used either as a suite or as standalone elearning modules.  
The course has a further resources sub-menu that can be used for professional development for those that want to take a deeper-dive into the subject. 

Sally Danbury

Sally Danbury

Nurture Marketing Specialist at Kineo APAC

Since the year immemorial Sally has exercised an avid passion for creativity with words, images and Pilates.  She is most content in the workplace when crafting enticing messages that inspire and engage.