Why specialist training is so important in Dementia care

Caring for a loved one with dementia poses many challenges for families and carers. People with dementia from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and related diseases have a progressive brain disorder that makes it more and more difficult for them to remember things, think clearly, communicate with others, or take care of themselves. In addition, dementia can cause mood swings and even change a person’s personality and behaviour.

At Glen Caring, we know all too well that working with dementia clients can be challenging, but it’s also be very rewarding. Providing specialist dementia training for our carers makes a huge difference, in the following ways:

  • It explains the biological components of dementia care (anatomy/physiology of the brain and differing dementias)
  • It helps them to understand how dementia affects the client and their family.
  • It enables carers to prepare for the unexpected in advance and how to deal with it when it comes
  • It minimises the risks for clients, their families and for carers in dealing with challenging behaviour, such as wandering, agitation or paranoia
  • It allows for the development of a person-centred approach in dementia care
  • It educates the carer on the changing needs along the continuum of the dementia journey

An estimated 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, both diagnosed and undiagnosed. Almost two-thirds (62%) of dementia sufferers have Alzheimer’s disease. Improved training can keep those with dementia at home for longer and in particular can reduce hospital admissions. To find out more about home care for your relative with dementia call us on 028 8225 2666 or email info@glencaring.co.uk

Read more: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/images/projects/dementia/Dementia%20Core%20Skills%20Education%20and%20Training%20Framework.pdf