What is Dementia?
As most people will probably know, Dementia is a common condition, with increased risk in elderly people. Dementia is the name given to the collection of symptoms that are associated with the dying off of the brain cells, which include; loss of memory, loss of speed of thinking, lack of mental agility, and eventual loss of the use of language and understanding. The brain of a person with Dementia is in decline, and this can mean they see or hear things that may cause mental confusion, as well as lose interest in their normal activities that usually bring joy. An early diagnosis for those who suspect Dementia is vital, as, with the right treatment and support, sufferers can go on managing the condition and aim to live each day to the full.
HL Online Training offer a range of six accredited online courses on Dementia, which can greatly help in the understanding of the condition, perhaps for those who have been diagnosed and are looking for greater understanding of what is happening to them, or for loved ones or carers looking to expand their knowledge and understanding of the condition and what may be required from them. In a professional capacity, our online Dementia courses benefit many health care workers, such as palliative care workers, care home assistants, support workers, and more.
Living with Dementia
Dementia is a condition that doesn’t only greatly impact upon the diagnosed individual’s life, but also the lives of their family and all of those close to them. Despite the poor prognosis, living well with Dementia is possible, and there is much you can do to help care for and support those who have it.
Many people put off the act of going to the doctor when they start to suspect symptoms, for fear of a final diagnosis, and many are shocked by the diagnosis even when it is suspected by them in the first place. Dementia is a complex condition, with a great bearing upon someone emotionally, as well as them mentally and physically.
However, it is highly likely that someone in the early stages of Dementia can still go on to live a full and somewhat independent life, even after diagnosis. The condition will inevitably get worse over time, and it will affect the individual more and more, but they needn’t stop doing the things they enjoy and seeing the people they love. It is also likely that in keeping doing the activities they enjoy, they might keep their brain well for longer.
Dementia symptoms do usually get worse gradually over time, however, each case is different and depends on the person, their specific diagnosis, and their state of health. If you have been recently diagnosed with Dementia, or someone close to you has, then one of our carefully designed online courses for Living with Dementia could prove really helpful to your overall knowledge and understanding of the condition.
Understanding and supporting a person with Dementia
Although a diagnosis of Dementia does not necessarily equate to someone immediately losing their quality of life, it is something that does gradually get worse over time, and help and understanding is needed in order for the person to cope with everyday life. A person diagnosed with Dementia need not have to go into a nursing home straight away, and with the correct understanding and support from the people close to them, they can often continue to live in their own home.
There are many things that can be done to look after both yourself if you have it, as well as the diagnosed person close to you. One really important factor, for example, is to look after your health when you have Dementia. This may seem obvious, but a person with memory loss may not be able to remember to eat a healthy balanced diet, have enough fluids and Nutrition, take their medication on time, or call on a doctor when they feel unwell. It is, therefore, necessary to have someone looking out to ensure that the person’s overall general health is also being taken care of properly.
There are many practical things that can be done to make life a little bit easier on the person living with Dementia, as well as give confidence in all involved. Putting strategies into place, such as keeping a diary of all the things that are necessary to remember, and similarly pinning a calendar or timetable to the wall can really make a difference. Keeping things in obvious places, such as keys by the door and telephone numbers by the phone is another useful tip to prevent losing these things as much as possible. Put labels on kitchen cupboard doors to remind the person where to find things, and have written reminders for things; for example a note by the door to remind them to take keys. A vital thing in terms of practical strategies is to have safety precautions in place; such as sensitive smoke alarms, something that can automatically turn off taps if running too long, and other things such as something to ensure that the oven isn’t turned on by mistake and so on.
The best way to support someone with Dementia is to be there for them; accompany them when they go out, even if it is just somewhere new, phone them often, check they are eating and so on, and help them put practical measures in place around the home. Make sure that they keep up with what brings them joy too, be it a social activity or something solo such as gardening.
Caring for a person with Dementia
Anyone with Dementia, or who is caring for someone with Dementia, will inevitably face challenges on a daily basis. As the condition progresses, the person living with the condition will feel more vulnerable and become increasingly reliant on the help of others. It becomes a balancing act at times of properly caring for the person, while still helping them maintain a level of independence.
It is understandable that a person living with Dementia will begin to feel stressed or scared, as the condition worsens and they struggle to remember things. It is important to encourage them and not criticise them for clumsiness or forgetting to do tasks, even if they have unfortunate consequences. The person with Dementia will do best in a safe environment where they have a daily routine and are looked after.
It is important that the person you care for maintains a sense of independence, and that they are involved in decision making processes and putting coping strategies into practice. This will have an effect on their self-worth and help them feel like they are still in control of their own life.
Making sure that a healthy balanced diet is maintained, as well as sufficient fluids are drank, is vital to maintaining overall good health. A person with Dementia can easily forget to eat or drink, and this can lead to other health issues.
Incontinence can be another issue, with simple solutions that can be put in places such as waterproof bedding and incontinence pads, as well as making sure both are hygienically changed.
The person you are caring for may very well become confused and stressed at times, as well as show changes in their usual behaviour. You should ensure that you are equipped with the training to deal with such, our online Dementia courses cover behavioural changes and how to deal with them, as well as remember to remain calm at all times.
Dementia Online Courses
HL Online Training has a set of six accredited courses for Dementia, each specifically designed to equip those who have concerns about their own health or want to be able to understand, support and care for someone who has it.
HL Online Training offer online courses for Dementia, which can be undertaken individually, or as a set, depending on your needs and capability. They are useful in terms of helping individuals understand the condition further, but are also undertaken by healthcare workers such as care home staff, charity volunteers, befrienders, support workers, nursing staff and so on. These can be taken in your own time, at your own pace, and from whatever location or device you prefer, making them the perfect solution to those with unpredictable schedules. Here are the six online courses on Dementia offered by HL Online Training;
Online Course; Types of Dementia
Dementia is a general umbrella term that is used to describe the symptoms that arise from the brain suffering due to a specific condition. This condition could be Alzheimer’s disease; an extremely common dementia cause, in which the brain chemistry changes over time, eventually leading to the death of the brain cells. Another common condition that can lead to Dementia is Vascular dementia; this is when the brain cells can die due to a failed oxygen supply to the brain. Suffering from a stroke can bring on Vascular dementia. There are also other types of Dementia, and this course gives an overview of this.
This course on Dementia has been specifically designed to help you understand what Dementia is, the different types of Dementia that occur, how to diagnose Dementia, as well as how to care for people with Dementia. This online course has been developed using the latest guidance from the medical and nursing Royal Colleges, the Department of Health and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
This ‘Types of Dementia’ online course includes the following modules;
1 – Dementia
2 – Types of Dementia
3 – The social model of Dementia
4 – Commodities
Online Course; Dementia and understanding
This online course enables the learner to become familiar with the person-centred approach to Dementia. By the end of this course, the learner will have a good knowledge and understanding of Dementia and what it involves; such as the best diet for the sufferer to be on, communication techniques, and so on.
This ‘Dementia and Understanding’ online course includes the following modules;
1 – Understanding Dementia
2 – Treatments and drugs available
3 – Practical help available
4 – Care for people with Dementia
5 – Prevention and redirection techniques
Online Course; Dementia – Dealing with Challenging Behaviour
This online course on Dementia has been specifically designed to help you understand about dealing with agitation, psychosis and depression in people with Dementia. It equips the learner with how to deal with challenging behaviours using a person-centred approach.
This course has been developed using the latest guidance from the medical and nursing Royal Colleges, the Department of Health and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). This is a popular course among health workers and volunteers, be them working in care homes, charities or hospitals.
This ‘Dementia – Dealing with Challenging Behaviour’ online course includes the following modules;
1 – Cognitive tests
2 – Agitation and psychosis
3 – Depression and Dementia
4 – Supporting Carers
5 – Dealing with challenging behaviours using a person-centred approach
6 – Identifying solutions
Online Course; Dementia – Clinical Guidelines
This course on Dementia has been designed to help you understand what Delirium is, the clinical guidelines for managing Delirium, and the clinical guidelines for managing Dementia. This has been developed using the latest guidance from the medical and nursing Royal Colleges, the Department of Health and the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
This ‘Dementia – Clinical Guidelines’ online course includes the following modules;
1 – Delirium
2 – Clinical guidelines for managing delirium
3 – Clinical guidelines for managing dementia
Online Course; Dementia Care Practice Level 3
This course is aimed at all staff working in the care environment who work with people with Dementia. Through completing this Dementia Care Practice course, the learner will gain an overall general understanding of the issues associated with Dementia. Candidates will gain underpinning knowledge of the below issues and therefore will be able to put this into practice where necessary.
They will learn:
1 – What is meant by the term “Dementia”.
2 – Different Types of Dementia Strategies that may assist the individual and their carer in the management of the disease.
3 – Supporting the Individual.
4 – Communication.
5 – Managing behavioural changes.
6 – Empowering the Individual.
Dementia: Causes, Symptoms and Diagnosis
- Define Dementia, explain the causes and how it affects the brain.
- Identify the symptoms of and diagnosis for Dementia.
Dementia: Treatment and Legal Issues
– Explain the range of treatments and approaches available for people with Dementia.
– Define the law in relation to Dementia sufferers and explain the principles of recording, data protection and confidentiality.
Care Planning for and Problems of the Dementia Sufferer
– Identify the key features of PCCP and be able to construct a person-centred care plan.
– Explain the main problems faced by people with Dementia.
Caring for Dementia Sufferers
– Identify key aspects of the physical care and support required by Dementia sufferers.
– Identify key aspects of the psychological and emotional care and support required by Dementia sufferers.
This ‘Dementia Care Practice Level 3’ online course includes the following modules;
1 – Dementia: Causes, Symptoms and Diagnosis
2 – Dementia: Treatment and Legal Issues
3 – Care Planning for and Problems of the Dementia Sufferer
Online Course; Dementia – Interventions for Cognitive and Non-Cognitive
This e-learning module on Dementia has been designed to help you understand the clinical guidelines for managing dementia, interventions for cognitive symptoms, interventions for co-morbid emotional disorders, palliative care issues and drug treatments.
This has been developed using the latest guidance from the medical and nursing Royal Colleges, the Department of Health and the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
This ‘Dementia – Interventions for Cognitive and Non-Cognitive’ online course includes the following modules;
1 – Clinical guidelines for managing dementia
2 – Interventions for cognitive symptoms and maintenance of function
3 – Interventions for co-morbid emotional disorders
4 – Palliative care, pain relief and care at the end of life
5 – Drug treatments