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Informal Carers (including family, friends)
Module 1: Type of Dementia and different approaches for non- professionals4 Topics
Module 2: Caregivers of people living with Dementia7 Topics
Module 3: Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) for people with dementia9 Topics
3.1 What is Cognitive Stimulation Therapy?
3.2 Guiding principles of CST
3.3 Development of CST
3.4 CST Sessions
3.5 Evaluation of CST
3.6 Recognize the mutual benefits to the person and their carer of CST and other aspects
3.7 CST approaches in different countries
3.8 Maintenance CST – ongoing therapy
3.9 Theoretical and practical exercises – Groups CST and Individual CST
- 3.1 What is Cognitive Stimulation Therapy?
Module 4: Dementia Friendly Environments4 Topics
Module 1, Topic 3
1.3 Professional advice regarding the home of the person with dementia
Adaptation of the surroundings.
- Clarity and fewer options because of the lack of the ability to have an overall view.
For example, have only a few sets of clothes visible in the wardrobe (as the disease progresses the choices should be limited)
Make it easy to find things. Put signs on the doors, cupboards and drawers or use pictograms and pictures
- Colour contrasts.
Colours can highlight the things the person needs and make it easier to estimate distances
- Light and darkness.
Make sure there is enough light. Be aware that dark fields can be experienced as holes. E.g. if the floor in the bathroom is dark, put a light-coloured rug on the floor all the way from the door to the toilet
- Disturbing visual impressions.
For example, avoid floral tablecloths on the dining table. The person with dementia might think that he/she can pick up the flowers. Avoid very variegated or patterned furniture and curtains