New dementia training DVD launched for homecare workers

Published 14 January 2013

Alzheimer’s Society has today (Monday 14 January) launched a training resource to help homecare workers provide excellent person centred support for people with dementia who are living at home.

Two thirds of the 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK live within the community and almost a third of all people with the condition live alone. Their unique and complex needs mean their requirements are diverse and challenging. The new resource, Supporting people with dementia at home, has been developed by the charity’s training arm, with homecare specialists, to enable homecare workers to provide the best possible care for people living with dementia.

The training package includes a DVD featuring people with dementia, their family members and those who care for them, and demonstrates examples of how person-centred dementia care can make a real difference. Facilitator notes, learner notes and exercises are also included.

Alzheimer’s Society supporter and Coronation Street star, Tony Hirst, said:

'I was involved in an in depth storyline about dementia on Coronation Street, in which my on screen wife had Alzheimer's. Before this role I had no idea of the struggle carers and people living with dementia face every day and how important good quality homecare is.

'This new resource is a fantastic way to help homecare workers feel confident to provide the best quality person centred care they can, ultimately helping to improve the lives of people with dementia.'

Hilary Barrett, National Manager Education and Development at Alzheimer's Society, said:

'508,000 people with dementia live in the community and many will need help with everyday tasks such as eating meals, washing or going to the toilet. We hope this programme will help homecare workers feel equipped to provide the best care possible.

'While staying at home is not right for everyone we know many people want to remain in familiar surroundings with family or loved ones for as long as possible. The right training and tools can help change lives. It leads to better care and a happier environment.'

The training package is presented in four modules covering: the experience of dementia, communication and behaviour, person centred approaches and well being and relationships.

The package is available to purchase from Monday 14 January. Anyone who is interested in buying the package should email or call 01904 633581.

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