This course will enable staff to provide effective support for people with dementia and their carers, right up to the end of life
At the end of the course, participants will be able to apply validation principles and person-led support to:
- Support Dignity Principles and End of Life in relation to achieving a good death and recognising end of life stages
- Understand advance planning tools and DNACPR (Do not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and the importance of clear documentation and records
- Recognise care partners, their role and active involvement
- Understand the importance of communicating well and developing partnerships with family members and carers
- Be able to provide appropriate support to carers
- Understand the use of effective communication and non-verbal communication
- The role of appropriate physical contact and continuing to engage
- Recognise signs of pain
- Understand and support a person’s psychological, social and spiritual needs.
- be aware of the role of therapeutic work including complementary therapies and sensory stimulation
- be aware of concerns and needs affecting younger people at the end of life
- Understand the feelings of those close to a dying person with dementia and be able to provide support
- be aware of the needs of bereaved families and friends including the potential for conflicting emotions
- be aware of cultural and religious differences associated with death, care of the dying and the deceased person.
Staff will know how to support and include the relatives and other carers of people with dementia and understand the holistic needs of people with dementia nearing the end of life.
Adult social care, social work and Public Health services