Participants will acquire a set of skills for supporting people with Dementia with a broad range of behaviours from low arousal, low level disruptive and repetitive type behaviours through to more confrontational behaviour in which workers may have to protect themselves from a potential physical assault.
Participants will gain an understanding of the complexities that surround dementia, the underlying causes and types, how this affects the brain and what steps can be taken to reduce the likelihood of challenging behaviours occurring in the first instance. Participants will learn a range of strategies known to be effective in de-escalating and defusing challenging behaviours when they do occur (positive behaviour support).
Who is this course aimed at?
This course is suitable for carers who across a broad range of settings including those working with people living their own home, residential care, nursing homes, day care and supported living settings.
Upon completion, participants shall
- Develop an awareness of the complexities that surround Dementia including what dementia is, why it happens and the types of dementia.
- Understand how the brain and memory are affected during the stages of dementia.
- Be able to identify and make consistent responses to challenging behaviours presented by people being supported.
- Develop an awareness of the needs of people being supported and reasons for behaviour both prior to, and during episodes of behaviour escalation and recognise the factors that trigger change in behaviour.
- Understand personal responses to situations involving conflict, aggression and violence.
- Develop a range of de-escalation and defusion techniques appropriate to context.
- Be introduced to and apply the concept of Positive Behaviour Support, recognising how it can be applied to deliver effective person-centred support for people whose behaviour challenges.
- Develop an awareness of the importance of promoting the dignity, choice and inclusion of people being supported through individualised behaviour planning.
- Recognise the importance of promoting a consistent team work approach in responding to the needs of people being supported.
- Have an awareness of health, gender and cultural issues in relation to developing individual behaviour support plans.
- On the 2 day course only: be skilled and competent in a relevant range breakaway techniques (and optional 1 or 2 person holding techniques where appropriate).
Course RequirementsNo prior learning required.
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