A free 7 week course provided by the NHS for family and friends of people with Dementia, that aims to provide an opportunity, to gain knowledge, skills and support that will help in this role.
||Steward Lodge, Yeatman Hospital, Hospital Lane, Sherborne, DT9 3JU
||28th September, 2018
||10am – 12pm
Week 1. Course welcome and introduction. Understanding diagnosis, what is
This initial session will set the scene for the course. We will identify the differences between the common types of dementia as well as any other types participants may wish to know more about. We will provide an overview of some of the functions of the brain that can be affected by dementia and how this will affect a person’s ability to manage everyday tasks.
Week 2. Unusual behaviour and wellbeing.
In this and the following session we will discuss types of behaviour participants have observed in the person they care for and consider possible causes and helpful responses, medication and gadgets. We will also consider the impact of common physical health problems on people with dementia.
Week 3. Unusual behaviour and wellbeing.
Continued from previous week.
Week 4. As Dementia advances: changes and care.
In this session we will consider the effects of dementia as it progresses. Discussions will include personal care, incontinence, and changes in mobility, Advanced Directives and care.
Week 5. Caring for someone with Dementia: It can’t be that difficult, can it?
This session will explore the reasons why carers are at increased risk of depression and anxiety. We will discuss how to recognise symptoms in yourself and raise awareness about how to help yourself.
Session 6. Looking after yourself. Where to get help.
This session will focus on enabling you to find practical help which will allow you to better care for yourself as well as the person you care for. For example, we will explore ways to get a break, grants and support.
Session 7. Contingency planning: Expecting the unexpected.
In this final session we will identify what might constitute a crisis for you and the person you care for. We will look ways to minimise this and consider any obstacles that might prevent you from accessing help. We will also outline what help is available if a crisis is unavoidable.
Please note that this course is not suitable for the person with dementia to attend