Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care

This Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care course provides progression from the Level 2 course in which you further develop your understanding of dementia and its effects. You will explore the various types of dementia and the importance of early diagnosis, as well as focusing on person-centred approaches to dementia care, the role of communication, interaction and inclusion in dementia care and support.

Course Duration: 28 weeks
Course Level: Level 3
Course Fees: £400

Unit 1: Understanding dementia

This unit will introduce you to the most common types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. You will study the causes, effects and risk factors of dementia and gain an understanding of the importance of early diagnosis.

Unit 2: Understand how person-centred approaches are used to underpin the care and support of individuals with dementia

Throughout this unit you will gain an understanding of the importance of person-centred care for individuals with dementia. You will consider how each individual’s experience of dementia is different and how they can be supported.

Unit 3: Principles of communication and interaction in dementia care and support

This unit will introduce you to various ways in which individuals with dementia may communicate. You will discover the factors that could influence interactions and communication, and develop your understanding of how communication is an effective part of caring for and supporting individuals with dementia.

Unit 4: Supporting positive interaction, occupation and activity in dementia care

This unit will enhance your understanding of the range and benefits of positive interactions in dementia care. You will discover the importance of promoting identity and inclusion and will also investigate how individuals with dementia can engage in activities.

Unit 5: Principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care and support

You will develop your understanding of the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion within the context of dementia care. This unit highlights how to recognise and challenge discrimination and oppressive practices.

Unit 6: Understand how to support individuals with dementia to exercise choice and rights

This unit will provide you with an understanding of how the rights of individuals with dementia are protected, and how to support individuals with dementia to exercise choice and make decisions involving carers and others.

Unit 7: Principles of the administration of medication and well-being of individuals with dementia

You will develop your understanding of the common medications that could be used for individuals with dementia and the actions to take in the event of side effects or adverse reactions.

Although there are no formal entry requirements for this course, due to the nature and course delivery of distance Learning we require all applicants to hold a minimum Level 2 English Literacy qualification or GCSE grade C/3 or above. It is desirable that you have completed a Level 2 Distance Learning programme previously.

You will also be required to submit a 500 word “assignment” to assess suitability. Further details can be supplied on request. Phone 01472 347408 for information.

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