Understanding Dementia | Level 1 | Online Training Course | CPDUK Accredited | Instant Course Access | Includes Assessment & Certificate | Instant Certificate Download.
Welcome to our online Understanding Dementia training course for front-line healthcare and social care providers. All our online training courses, programmes and qualifications are accredited by the CPD Certification Service (CPDUK).
Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one. The specific symptoms that someone with dementia experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease that is causing dementia.
This comprehensive online Understanding Dementia training course explains what dementia is, including the causes and symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated. It also looks at some of the different types of dementia and how to support people with dementia.
Certificate duration: 2 years
Entry requirements: No entry restrictions
Recommended prerequisites: N/A
Assessment type: End of course assessment
Assessment pass mark – 80% needed to pass and gain a CPD certificate
Cost(s) of assessment and certification – All costs included in the course price
Awarding/Accrediting body – CPD Certification Service (CPDUK)
Who is the course for?
This online Understanding Dementia training course should be completed by those who work in health and social care services, including:
- NHS medical, nursing, AHP and care staff
- Locum doctors and nurses
- Locum allied health professionals (AHPs)
- Agency nurses
- Agency workers
- Healthcare Assistants
- Support workers
- Care assistants
- Community services
- Social Care Support Workers
- Voluntary Staff working in the NHS.
What is covered in this course?
This online Understanding Dementia training course covers the following:
- What is dementia?
- What causes dementia,
- Types of dementia,
- Person-centred dementia care,
- Dementia and existing health conditions,
- Dementia effects on family and friends,
- Changes brought about by dementia,
- Positive aspects,
- Where to get support and
This online Understanding Dementia training course is aimed at individuals as well as health and social care staff to improve awareness of the importance of interacting with people who have dementia in a sensitive and understanding manner. This Understanding Dementia eLearning course explains what dementia is, including the changes and symptoms and best practice for those who have caring roles.
On completion of this online Understanding Dementia training course, learners will be able to:
- Define the term ‘dementia’,
- Have an awareness of the prevalence of dementia in the UK population,
- Identify signs of dementia and also explain how these signs may be associated with other conditions or circumstances,
- Explain why early diagnosis of dementia is essential,
- Support people who have dementia so that they can live fulfilling lives with their diagnosis,
- understand that each individual is unique and that dementia will not affect people in the same way,
- Have an understanding of the impact of dementia on individuals living with dementia, their families, friends and society as a whole,
- Describe the changes that people with dementia and their families experience,
- Explain the many factors which influence the experience of living with dementia,
- Describe person-centred approaches to caring,
- Understand the importance of effective communication and showing compassion to people who have dementia,
- Understand that signs of frustration and distress by a person who has dementia may be a means to communicate unmet needs,
- Be able to signpost individuals, families and carers to dementia advice, support and information, and
- To provide a FREE blended learning environment that is available to all individuals and businesses.
What is dementia?
The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia, they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.
Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one. The specific symptoms that someone with dementia experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease that is causing dementia. This comprehensive dementia awareness e-learning course explains what dementia is, including the causes and symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated. It also looks at some of the different types of dementia and how to support people with dementia.
Why is this online Understanding Dementia training course essential?
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. Also, dementia can cause mood swings and even change a person’s personality and behaviour.
While developing this understanding dementia course, we knew all too well that working with dementia clients can be challenging, but it is also enriching. Providing specialist dementia training for health and social care workers makes a considerable 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 behaviours, such as wandering, agitation or paranoia,
- It allows for the development of a person-centred approach in dementia care, and
- It educates the carer on the changing needs along the continuum of the dementia journey.