Module 2: Caregivers of people living with Dementia
With an aging population, the number of people living with, or at risk of dementia is continuing to rise.
Any person living with or caring for, a people living with dementia, will need to be aware of effective communication and possible barriers to that communication.
Person-centred dementia care is about understanding and responding to the person with dementia as an individual. It involves considering the whole person, taking into account not just their health condition, but also each individual’s life history, unique abilities, interests, culture, preferences and needs. It is about building relationships with people with dementia and their family carers, putting them at the heart of decision making – ensuring the person is an equal partner in their health and care.
The values associated with person-centred care include the recognition and promotion of individuality, independence, privacy, partnership, choice, dignity, respect and rights.
The learner will:
1. understand the principles of person-centred dementia care i.e.
- the human value of people with dementia, regardless of age or cognitive impairment, and those who care for them
- the individuality of people with dementia, with their unique personality and life experiences among the influences on their response to the dementia
- the importance of the perspective of the person with dementia
2. understand how person-centred care can provide insights into the experiences of the person with dementia and support care approaches and solutions to meet individual needs
3. be aware of the impact of dementia on individuals, families and society
4. be aware of the central role that their home, housing conditions and immediate community play in enabling a person with dementia to live well
5. know how to adapt the physical environment to meet the changing needs of people with dementia
6. be able to communicate effectively and compassionately with individuals who have dementia
7. understand the need for respect for the individual and respite for the carer (whether professional or non-professional)
Communicating with a person with dementia
A Day in the Life of a Carer
Living with dementia (4 people)
Ageing Well Open University