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Dementia Care for Disability Support Workers : Live Virtual Classroom Training

Dementia Care for Disability Support Workers : Live Virtual Classroom Training


Overview/Content
Dementia is a disorder affecting brain function and a term describing symptoms of cognitive impairment that can affect a person's memory, thinking, reasoning, behaviour, personality and ability to communicate.
While dementia is commonly associated with the elderly, it isn't a natural part of aging. In Australia it is estimated there are around 460,000 diagnosed people (AIHW, 2020), and approximately 28,000 people are younger than 65 years (Dementia Australia, 2021). Dementia can happen to people in their thirties and people with intellectual disability (ID) are at increased risk.

Delivery Mode
2 hours and 30 minutes live virtual classroom training

Qualification Issued
Dementia Care for Disability Support Workers : Live Virtual Classroom Training

More About This Course
We select our Premium Health trainers and assessors carefully as such our dementia programs will only ever be conducted by an experienced nurse. There can be no better trainer than one who has "lived" experience of supporting people who have dementia.
Some of the topics include:

  • Types and causes of dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Vascular dementia, Lewy body disease, Frontotemporal dementia,

  • Progression and stages of dementia

  • Care goals across the stages

  • Balancing duty of care and dignity of risk

  • Providing purposeful activities

  • Avoiding overstimulation

  • Providing respectful personal support

  • Caring for clients with incontinence

  • Providing support with nutrition and feeding

  • Avoiding and dealing with challenging behaviour

  • Paranoia, delusions, hallucinations and misidentification

  • Agitation, paranoia, wandering, sundowning

  • Documenting support and observations







Premium Health were fast, flexible and willing to assist at all times, we changed sessions from face-to-face (on-site) to video conferencing for all of our people. This was a great achievement and provided a great outcome.

  • Jenny O’Farrell
  • Head of Learning & Development
  • Disability Services Australia
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