Supporting people who have dementia
What is dementia?
Whether you care for someone as a family member, work in a residential home, a day centre, as part of a domiciliary service or care for someone as their PA, there is a range of learning and development opportunities to support you.
Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) that is associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. These include:
People with dementia may also have problems controlling their emotions or behaving appropriately in social situations. Aspects of their personality may change. People may lose the ability to carry out normal everyday activities for themselves.
Learning Disabilities and dementia
About 20 per cent of people with a learning disability have Down's Syndrome. The prevalence of dementia in people with other forms of learning disability is about four times higher than in the general population. Find out more by visiting the following page: people with learning disabilities who have dementia.
The Learning Gallery holds current and relevant support material information for individual and team learning and development. Take advantage of our range of learning resources in a variety of formats - books, DVD's, games for team building and training packs.. Click on the topics listed below to read reviews of dementia related resources.
Activities; Awareness Level; Communication; Learning Disabilities and Dementia; Meal times, nutrition and hydration; Particular interest to social workers and commissioners; Person centred care and support; Physical and mental health needs; Resources of interest to family carers; Supporting unusual behaviours.
- Daily Moves DVD - Daily Moves is a combination of movement based activities devised especially for older people who are frail, bed bound or who have limited mobility. The DVD aims to help maintain some of the movements people might take for granted in their daily routine, such as picking up a cup of tea, getting put of a chair or putting on shoes. As it focuses on improving balance and coordination and as muscles become stronger, it will lessen the risk of falling. Includes health & safety information. Additional copies are available from Age UK – try this DVD before encouraging people you support to send for one.
How to Access the Learning Gallery
- There are a number of free e-learning programmes and up to date information on the Social Care Institute for Excellence - Dementia Gateway.
- Social Care Information & Learning Services (SCILS) have a range of downloadable learning sessions. You will need to sign in to access this. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the password for DCC staff. Search the website for 'dementia'.