This year Dementia Awareness Week is renamed Dementia Action Week to reflect the need for action for people affected by dementia rather than only focusing on awareness.
In this spirit, I’m sharing the ‘Key Messages’ from my dementia care and support training modules. The training, devised entirely by me and heavily based on personal experiences from my dad's life with dementia and the many other people I've met who are living with dementia, is something I've delivered to numerous frontline social care staff as a standalone learning experience or to supplement the bespoke training and mentoring that I provide to individual services and organisations.
I've never shared these materials online before, and I'm hoping by doing so now I will inspire positive action amongst health and social care providers who are supporting people living with dementia and their families.
Day 2: Being person and relationship centred
My second module is called ‘Person and relationship centred care and support' and covers:
The foundations of person-centred care and support
Individuality, choice and control
Understanding the person and their preferences, qualities, needs, abilities, interests and aspirations
The foundations of relationship-centred care and support
Working with families
Person and relationship centred care and support as a therapy to alleviate distress
Key staff skills
It concludes with:
For me these key messages, whilst very basic to many of us, are something every person providing care and support for anyone affected by dementia should live and breathe by.
Of course, there is so much more to what is in a 3-hour training session than I could convey in a short blog, but to give you a flavour of what this is like in 'real life' the module is the start of opening up conversations about what person and relationship centred care and support is, and how staff can provide it for the people they are currently supporting.
Everything I do asks learners to put themselves into the shoes of the person, so in this module learners think about the preferences, qualities, needs, abilities, interests and aspirations of a person they support, and they break down how they would provide person-centred care and support in 'real life' scenarios.
**ACTION FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE PROVIDERS**
PLEASE PRINT THE KEY MESSAGES IMAGE ABOVE AND PIN IT ONTO A NOTICEBOARD THAT ALL OF YOUR STAFF CAN SEE.