Home Instead’s dementia training chosen for DOH commissioned best practice guide

Skills for Care has this week (26th May) published a guide, commissioned by the Department of Health (DOH), which focuses on developing the skills of the social care workforce that support people with dementia.

Entitled, Better domiciliary care for people with dementia, the guide features best practice case studies from domiciliary care employers who stand out for developing their workforce to support people with dementia. The publication is aimed at leaders and managers working in domiciliary care services.

Home Instead was delighted to be one of only ten providers invited by Skills for Care to contribute to the publication.

Our case study was featured as a result of the Home Instead network’s considerable efforts on delivering specialist Alzheimer’s and dementia training to our CAREGivers over the last 18 months.

The chapter featuring Home Instead explains how our dementia training is provided to our CAREgivers, enabling them to deliver the best care experience possible. Commenting on the course, the guide states, “Home Instead’s training course empowers its CAREGivers with the knowledge to confidently manage and improve typical situations encountered when supporting people with dementia.”

The guide also explains how our course avoids the medical model of training based around disease management and how it instead focuses almost exclusively on techniques and skills to enable the CAREGiver and the individual to interact positively and constructively.

We were pleased that the article also highlights the work we do to support families through our “family carer workshops” which Skills for Care acknowledge “empowers families and the wider community to understand and interact with their loved ones.”

In closing, the chapter says of the work we are doing, “Thousands of CAREGivers are delivering on Home Instead’s stated aim ‘To become the UK’s most admired care company through changing the face of ageing’ and, with better practices and training, the company is helping to change the face of caring.”

Commenting on the publication, Trevor Brocklebank said, “As anyone who knows Home Instead can testify, the work we do around dementia is of great importance to us. By getting dementia care right, we can make a huge difference, not only to clients who are living with the disease but to their families too.

“Our inclusion in this good practice guide will help to spread the word about what companies such as Home Instead, and the others included in the publication, are doing. Hopefully this will inspire others to follow suit and do what they can to make a difference.”

Click here to view the Guide