This Dementia Awareness course explores the challenges faced by people living with dementia and those who care for them.
It explains the different symptoms, types and stages of dementia, allowing carers to deliver informed support and create dementia-friendly environments. The course also explains how to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia and offer person-centred care for those affected by the condition.
There are over 900,000 people living with dementia in the UK, according to research conducted by the London School of Economics on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society. This figure is projected to surpass 1.6 million by 2040. As dementia cases rise, understanding this complex condition is more important than ever for caregivers, healthcare professionals and family members of those affected.
Dementia Awareness Training enables caregivers to effectively support individuals with dementia and improve their quality of life. It also develops understanding of the condition to promote inclusivity and empathy within organisations and communities.
The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 provides a legal framework for the protection and empowerment of individuals unable to make their own decisions.
Under the MCA, caregivers may be required to act on behalf of those living with dementia. This includes day-to-day decisions, such as what to wear or eat, and care options. When caregivers make these decisions, they must:
- Act in the person’s best interests
- Respect basic rights and freedoms
- Promote autonomy whenever possible
This online dementia training course develops empathy and understanding for those living with dementia. Caregivers will be able to make more informed decisions under the MCA and ensure that those in their care are treated with compassion and respect.