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Dementia Care & Awareness Course

219.00 169.00 or 86.00 / month for 2 months

  • Our uniquely designed online 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.
  • What QQI award do I receive? On successful completion you will gain a Certificate in Dementia Care & Awareness from The Open College.
  • How is it delivered? Online Learning with flexible part-time study from your own home.
  • Do you cover insurance? Yes, Student work placement Insurance is covered at no extra cost.
  • How long is the Dementia Course? Students are given ample time (8 weeks) to complete the course and can start it at any time of the year.
  • What does it cost? The full course fee is €169 or
  • Easy Payments: Only €86 per month over 2 months with our unrivalled Easy Payment Plans.
  • Garda Vetting is also provided at no extra cost.
  • No classes to attend.

 

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Course Description

 

This unique Open College designed online 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 Details

 

Topics covered include:

 

Unit 1:

Following this unit, the learner will gain understanding of:

  • What is Dementia
  • Anatomy of the Brain and the effects 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.
  • Students must be working or on work experience in the Healthcare Sector (6-8 hours per or 30 hours in total) throughout their course or have previous experience of working within Healthcare/Community Care, as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience.
  • 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.
     

Delivery Format

 

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

Students can complete this course within 8 weeks 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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