Caregiving Skills - Dementia Care - Revised

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Caregivers worldwide are highly valued and in demand professionals who make a big contribution to the health organizations they work for. In this free online course learn effective caregiving skills for caring for people with dementia. This short course will give you a full run through of these essential concepts so that you can give your caregiving career a real boost today.
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  • Duration

    1-2 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive





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Dementia refers to a spectrum of brain disorders, that impairs cognition, visual/spatial skills and the ability to think, reason, talk and remember. In this course you will learn to identify the causes and symptoms of various diseases that result in dementia-like symptoms, for example: Alzheimer’s disease; Vascular Dementia, FTD and Lewy Body Dementia. You will learn how to treat clients, how and when to use pharmacological interventions, and how to acknowledge and respect the personhood of the client, the carer and the other people involved in the care service team.

The course then introduces you to family member roles, concerns and experiences of grief, denial, guilt and anger. You will learn tips and methods for communicating effectively and study the 'soft approach', i.e. prompting, using cues and other verbal and non-verbal communication techniques. You will analyze 'problem behaviours' that people with dementia commonly exhibit; the reasons for such behaviours and strategies for dealing with them. Finally, you will learn how to provide therapeutic activities for Dementia clients at the early, middle and late stages of the disease and about the importance of cultivating meaning, self-worth and quality of life for patients regardless of their abilities.

If you’re interested in caregiving as a future career, or if you’re a health professional seeking to improve your skills, then this clear and simple course is the one for you. Learn how to care for people with dementia, by recognising symptoms, understanding their needs and using a variety of skills and techniques. With this free course, you’ll learn these vital skills in just 3 hours. So start this course today, and by the end of the week you’ll have developed an excellent new set of skills.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Define and differentiate various forms of dementia and their symptoms.
  • Describe the symptoms of early, mild and late stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Summarise a range of problem behaviors that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease and describe how to treat them.
  • Develop skills to help families when a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia.
  • Describe common behavioral traits exhibited by people with dementia and discuss effective ways to treat them.
  • Discuss the importance of providing a variety of activities to patients with dementia, on a day-to-day basis.


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