We are helping Care Workers further their skills in supporting people living with dementia

 

A team of our Home Care Workers are undertaking specialist dementia training – a growing number of people in Hartlepool, and all over the UK are living with the condition.

The specialist dementia awareness guidance will further help our Home Care Workers to better understand the symptoms and progression, as well as having a deeper awareness that there will be unique presentations of dementia in each individual.

The aim of us providing this extra training to our Care Workers,  is to develop a full understanding of behaviours associated with dementia, such as memory loss, personality changes and impaired reasoning.

We already have many Dementia Champions who hold a Level 3 QCF (Qualifications & Credit Framework). They regularly attend local dementia events to raise awareness and enhance their understanding of the condition. A Dementia Champion also gives awareness raising talks to enable others to become dementia friends, helping to make our communities a better place for people living with dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Society has estimated that there are around 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and these numbers will continue to grow.

Steve Doughty, Director says: “The people we care for want to remain in their own homes and live as independently as possible. It’s no different for those living with dementia who need to benefit from familiarity and routine.”

Michelle Banks, Care Manager adds: “We have a very dedicated workforce and it’s important that we provide specialist training as it prepares our carers for the unexpected and helps them deal with daily challenges.”

This year, we were recently awarded a ‘Good’ rating from CQC (Care Quality Commission).