Course Profile

Course Profile: Activities for People with Dementia (1 Day)
One of the aspects that people fear about experiencing Dementia is the potential for neglect and abuse. Whilst physical violence and cruelty is commonly a focus of scrutiny of standards of care, research suggests that many people with Dementia spend most of their time sitting, watching TV and unengaged with any meaningful activity. This has a profound effect on their quality of life and the course of the Dementia.
This course aims to highlight the need for service users to receive holistic Person Centred support and to include activities that maintain skills and function; provide a quality of life and avoid many of the consequences of inactivity.
The course is informed by material from the Alzheimer’s Society, the Dementia challenge, the Dignity Do’s and the National Association of providers of Activity for Older People (NAPA) and set in the context of The Care Act 2014 (promoting health and wellbeing). The course supports the Social Care Commitment.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF:  HWB 1.2, 2.2, 4.2, 5.2
Care certificate: 5, 6, 9, 13.2
QCF: DEM 201, 202, 204, 205, 211
The course is designed for staff working at all levels in a variety of roles and in diverse settings.
The course will help organisations to meet the CQC Fundamental Standards
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • The most typical symptoms of Dementia.
  • The experience of people with Dementia inactive in support settings   
  • The impact of domineering support to include: limited self-expression, frustration and aggressive responses
  • How a quiet, passive and undemanding service user is often regarded as the ‘good’ service user
  • The consequences of inactivity: psychological, social, physical and behavioural
  • Involving and utilising skills and strengths of service users wherever possible
  • How activity can slow down the process and improve the quality of life
  • How overzealous risk assessment can immobilize and disempower service users
  • Getting the balance right-safe activity
  • What facilities and resources are out there and how to access these
  • What can be done ‘in house’ without specialist input
  • How to assess meaningful activities for service users
  • Risk assessing and managing the activity
  • Typical activities that have proved to be useful for people with failing memories and function, including:
                      -old skills
                      -familiar tasks etc.
  • How to organise an activity in conjunction with Person Centred support plans
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, Small and large group work, Problem solving, Practical exercises, Handouts, OHP/PowerPoint, Chalk & Talk