Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Awareness Week (14th – 20th May) is upon us. What better time to announce that Home Instead’s specialist Alzheimer’s Training Programme has been reaccredited by City & Guilds.
The training programme, developed by a team of world-renowned ageing and dementia specialists, was conceived to ensure our CAREGivers had the necessary knowledge to allow them to provide quality homecare for clients living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.
We knew the training programme had huge potential and were keen to get the right external accreditation for it. City and Guilds is a world leading vocational education organisation and is recognised and respected by employers worldwide. This made them the ideal body to give our training programme official accreditation and it was first granted in 2013.
Since its introduction, the training programme has been delivered to over 4,500 Home Instead CAREGivers. The programme is delivered via a series of 6 modules and teaches innovative techniques for dealing with dementia.
Rather than focus on the symptoms and treatments of the disease, our CAREGivers are trained in effective techniques for managing the many different and sometimes challenging behaviours associated with dementia including refusal, delusions, aggression, false accusations, wandering, agitation. A key outcome is that caregivers learn to respect the person with dementia as an individual and observe, honour and support their lives.
What’s more, rather than trying to force those living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia to live in our world in the here and now, we need to meet them in the past and the programme helps our CAREGivers to achieve this.
Dementia care often focuses on keeping the person with dementia from doing unwanted behaviours, thereby creating a behavioural void. Our programme teaches our CAREGivers to focus on supporting wanted behaviours.
We are immensely proud of the work our CAREGivers do to improve the lives of people, and their families, living with a dementia.
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