Dementia e-learning programme

The dementia e-learning programme, produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence, is suitable for care home staff (carers, administrative and managerial staff), domiciliary care workers, registered general, mental and district nurses, general and acute hospital staff, allied health care professionals, social workers, ambulance service staff, community support workers and family carers.

What it is and what it isn’t

What it is and what it isn't

Covers: Views of dementia in the media; Facts and common misconceptions about dementia; Common symptoms, clinical terminology and causes of symptoms.

Living with dementia

Living with dementia<

Covers: The person with dementia as a unique individual; The importance of knowing their background and life history; Abilities people with a dementia retain in spite of the difficulties they face; How dementia impacts on families, friends and community and the support that is needed.

What causes dementia

What causes dementia

Covers: The different types of dementia and the key characteristics of each; The different areas of the brain and how dementia affects these areas; Factors that are known to increase or lessen the risk of dementia.

Diagnosis and who can help

Diagnosis and who can help

Covers: The process of diagnosis and its impact; Help and support available, key professional roles and skills and multidisciplinary support services; Anti-dementia drugs and non-pharmacological treatments.

Common difficulties and how to help

Common difficulties and how to help

Covers: How dementia affects each individual differently; Four common areas of difficulty faced by people with dementia; Practical strategies to assist with difficulties; Difficulties faced by people with dementia not caused by damage to the brain, but by other factors.

The emotional impact of dementia

The emotional impact of dementia

Covers: The emotional dimension of dementia; The importance of effective strategies to help people experiencing difficult emotions; Explore a range of situations where we can have a major impact on a person with dementia through our actions.

Positive communication

Positive communication

Covers: Helping a person with dementia understand our message; Helping a person with dementia make themselves understood; Communicating with people experiencing a different reality; The importance of non-verbal communication.