This 20-credit module is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to support the person with dementia and their carers within a care setting. The module will enable students to manage practical issues in relation to dementia care. The module can be undertaken at Level 6 or Level 7; this will depend on previous academic qualifications and/or experiential learning.
The nature of dementia: this includes learning about the current understanding of what dementia is (from medical, psychosocial and legal/ethical perspectives), signs and symptoms, and possible causes, treatments and therapeutic interventions. The philosophy of a person-centred approach is fundamental to the module. The concepts of well-being and ill-being will be explored. The purpose is to give the participant comprehension (and develop empathy) of why a person with dementia behaves and feels the way they do.
A range of practical skills will be explored including identifying and discussing a range of supportive interventions aimed at the person with dementia (and carer if applicable).
The module will consider contemporary evidence-based therapeutic approaches. These will include interventions to meet the physical and psychosocial needs of the person with dementia and family carers.
Level 6 will require the successful completion of a 3000 word written assignment and a 15 minute presentation that will critically analyse and evaluate approaches which will improve the well-being of a resident with dementia.
Level 7 will also require the completion of a 3000 word written assignment along with a 15-minute presentation analysing the building of a therapeutic relationship and assessment strategies for a person with dementia in their care.
The dementia course starts on Thursday February 8 from 9-4pm, and runs on alternate Thursdays until May 10, with submission on June 7, 2018