Supporting Clients Affected by Dementia

About this Course

Supporting Clients Affected by Dementia aims to give you knowledge about dementia, the impact of dementia on the individual and those around them. It will equip you with skills to engage and support those living with or supporting someone with dementia. This course will give you the confidence to work more effectively, and you will gain the tools to empower those you work with to make the best decisions for the future, and help them to understand their situation. This course aims to improve your understanding of dementia, including what dementia is and the impact it can have on an individual and those around them. You will gain knowledge, increased confidence and practical skills to engage with and support those living with or supporting someone with dementia in your role.

Learning Outcomes

Part 1 – Understanding dementia

  • Learn what dementia is, including the signs and symptoms.
  • Identify the functions of the brain and how our memory works.
  • Explore the 4 most common causes of dementia.

Part 2 – The impact of dementia

  • Understand the psychological impact that a diagnosis of dementia can have on an individual.
  • Identify how the symptoms of dementia can affect communications, behaviour, perception and the senses.

Part 3 – Dementia and other conditions

  • Understand the differences between depression and dementia and the impact the co-existence of the two conditions can have.
  • Identify the link between hearing loss and dementia.

Part 4 – Supporting people affected by dementia

  • Identify how to adapt counselling for people living with dementia.
  • Learn practical ways to meaningfully connect with a person living with dementia.
  • Recognise the potential needs of carers and family members for counselling.

This course contains 5 CPD hours.

NB: this course does not qualify you to diagnose dementia, identify the sub-type, or call yourself a specialist in the field of dementia, but it will provide you with underpinning knowledge following completion of the course. It is important that you always work within your capabilities, and have access to a supervisor who is able to support you in this field of work.

Do I need to submit any written work?

All of the learning in this course is self-directed, based on the content provided within the course itself. You do not need to submit any work, as your knowledge will be tested with activities throughout and a quiz at the end of the course.

What will I need to complete this course?

We recommend that you keep a notebook dedicated to this course to hand, as you will be asked to keep frequent notes on your thoughts and reflections. You may also find them useful to refer to in the future.

I’m worried that this course may bring up certain thoughts and feelings for me; who can I talk to?

If you have experienced  or are currently supporting a loved one living with dementia, you can call the Alzheimer’s Society, who can in turn put you in touch with the best support for you in your area. You may also want to reach out to a counsellor to explore your thoughts and feelings further.