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Dementia Care & Awareness

518.00 259.00

  • Course Fee: €259
  • Awards: Certificate in Dementia Care & Awareness from The Open College.
  • Format: Distance Learning course supported with fully qualified RGN tutors.
  • Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
  • Course fee includes all documentation, lecturing, assessments, learner registration and certification fees. No other fees to pay.

 

Course Description

This new and unique Open College designed Dementia Care & Awareness course will look at how dementia is now both a national and global concern and why there is a need to develop awareness and understanding of the facts pertaining to dementia. This course will explore the neurology of dementia, the various forms of dementia and best practice in dementia care.

Prepared and written by our expert Healthcare tutors to link closely with our QQI Healthcare Support programmes, the course will examine how practice care can be improved, exploring current research evidence that emphasises the importance of putting the needs of people with dementia at the centre of care. The course will further address attitudes and stigma around dementia and some of the difficult issues that arise for people with dementia and their family carers during the dementia journey of care.

On completion of the course it is hoped the learner will have developed upon their existing skills and knowledge base, in order to provide competent care to a person with dementia which promotes the principles of person-centeredness.

 

Aims/Objectives

  1. To assist the learner to gain knowledge of the neurology of dementia and sub types.
  2. To support the learner in developing their knowledge, skills and understanding of the needs of people with dementia and promote quality care.
  3. To assist the learner to develop greater awareness of person-centred care, best practices and importance of effective communication skills in dementia care
  4. To enable the learner to gain knowledge of the concepts of equality, rights, diversity and inclusion, which are fundamental to person centred approach.
  5. To facilitate the learner to recognise the important role of family/carers in the area of dementia care
  6. To develop learners knowledge and skills in meeting specific care needs, non-pharmacology approaches to care and caring for a person with dementia at end of life

 

Who should study this course?

  • This course is suitable for all healthcare staff who are currently working in the area of dementia.
  • People studying existing QQI Healthcare Courses.
  • Those working in care of the older person care settings, whether residential, community or acute care.
  • Or those who wish to gain additional certification to work in the area of dementia care.

 

Course documentation for this course is detailed, comprehensive and easy to read. This distance learning course means that students can study flexibly at home, or at work.

Students receive a comprehensive Course Manuals, Assignments, Efficient Studyguide, and unlimited one-to-one Tutor Support for the course duration.

Course Details

 

Topics covered include:

 

Unit 1:

Following this unit the learner will gain understanding of:

  • What is Dementia
  • Anatomy of the Brain and the affects of dementia
  • Identify the common types of dementia
  • The Less common types of dementia
  • Main signs and symptoms of the disease
  • Understand how the condition is diagnosed
  • Pharmacology treatment
  • Current  Research.

 

Unit 2:

Following this unit the learner will gain understanding of:

  • Stigma and Attitudes in Dementia Care
  • Rights & Entitlements in relation to dementia care
  • The National Dementia Strategy
  • HIQA – Guidance on Dementia Care for Designated Centres for Older People
  • Care Facilities & Support Services available
  • Care Pathways in Dementia Care 
  • Best Practice in Dementia Care.

 

Unit 3:

Following this unit the learner will gain understanding of:

  • Common Behavioural Challenges  associated with Dementia
  • The  importance of family  and difficulties faced in dementia care  
  • Communication Needs
  • Holistic Needs
  • Importance of  person-centred care
  • Recreational and Non-pharmacology Therapies 
  • End of Life Care for the person with Dementia
  • Specific Care Needs.

 

Who should study this course?

  • This course is suitable for all healthcare staff who are currently working in the area of dementia.
  • People studying existing QQI Healthcare Courses.
  • Those working in care of the older person care settings, whether residential, community or acute care.
  • Or those who wish to gain additional certification to work in the area of dementia care.

 

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

  • Level 4 Certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
  • If you take this course by eLearning you will need basic IT skills and have access to broadband.
  • For more details on participation suitability of this course click here».

 

Assessment:

Project 100%:

The internal assessor will devise a project brief that requires candidates to demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the key learning outcomes.

Candidates will be required to present a comprehensive project on the importance of person centred care for a person with dementia related illness.

The assignment will be assessed on the following:

  • Understanding and application of concepts associated with working with a person with dementia.
  • Understanding of person-centred care.
  • Understanding of best practice and the importance of Quality Care.
  • Relevant research and sources of information.
  • Comprehensive analysis and reflection of findings and logical conclusions and recommendations.

Accreditation

  • Following completion of your course assignments you will receive a Certificate in Dementia Care & Awareness from The Open College.
   

Location & Dates

This Dementia Care & Awareness course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend.

Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.

 

 

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