This course will introduce learners to the most common types of dementia. The course will look at the signs and symptoms of dementia and other comorbid mental health conditions (e.g. depression). Students will consider how to provide the best person-centred care for individuals with dementia, considering factors such as communication and listening skills.
Using evidence from research studies and real life case studies the course will cover the following topics: ? The most common types of dementia (Alzheimer's disease, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia and Frontotemporal dementia) and their symptoms. ? Causes and risk factors for developing dementia. ? Co-morbid mental health disorders and how these are related to dementia. ? Caring for an individual with dementia.
By the end of the course, the learner will be able to:
- Identify the most common types of dementia.
- Describe the factors that affect mental health.
- State how the common types of dementia can affect an individual.
- Outline the importance of a person-centred approach in both mental health and dementia care and provide examples
- Identify the positives outcomes of effective communication between carers and individuals with mental health problems.
- Explain how a carer can provide support for an individual with dementia.
*PLEASE NOTE- The running of this course is subject to receiving sufficient enrolment numbers. Newbury College reserve the right to close, cancel or postpone a course if it has not received the minimum required enrolment number by the scheduled start date. In the case of cancellation, enrolled students are notified approximately one week before the start date.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but a basic level of numeracy and literacy is required.
There are no specific skills required for this course.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be awarded the Level 1 Award in Learning, Employability and Progression for Dementia Awareness.
Progress on this course will be assessed through group discussion, observation, peer and lecturer feedback, informal quizzes, presentation and marked written work. Students will create a portfolio of work which will be assessed internally by Newbury College and also externally via the awarding body.
Homework is essential and students will benefit from undertaking home study of 1 to 2 hours per week.
Students do not need to be in relevant work to undertake this course.
Students can progress onto other related courses including Mental Health Awareness and Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care.
Fees and Additional Costs
There are no additional costs associated with this course.
Students need to bring the following to class: a pen, paper and folder (for handouts).