Dementia Trainers

We provide person-centred dementia care training and consultancy to health and social care organisations. We specialise in providing both bespoke courses and accredited training for staff teams and deliver various dementia train the trainer courses and leadership programmes.

Updated:
13 June 2018
Location:
National
Sectors:
Care, Charity, Commissioners Sector, Education Sector, Emergency Services Sector, Health, Medical, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Social Care, Housing Sector

1. Action Plan

Dementia Trainers is committed to the Dementia Action Alliance and National Dementia Declaration because improving the care of people with dementia is our mission and our passion. For a long time now we have been guided by the experience and words of people living with dementia and our focus is on the importance of understanding this vital perspective. We are dedicated to a rights-based approach where the goal is to enable people to live well with their dementia, fulfilling their potential.

2. Actions

  • Every training course we develop and deliver will focus on enabling participants to better understand the needs of people with dementia, specifically aiming to help them gain a deeper understanding of the needs of the individual people with dementia

    Linked to Dementia Statement: We have the right to an early and accurate diagnosis, and to receive evidence based, appropriate, compassionate and properly funded care and treatment, from trained people who understand us and how dementia affects us. This must meet our needs, wherever we live.

    Status:

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    We will continue to include testimonies and advice from people living with dementia, either as speakers on our courses or through videos and attributed statements; we will use a variety of training activities, including experiential exercises, to help participants better understand the experience of living with dementia; we will focus on challenging myths, misunderstandings and generalisations about dementia.

  • We will continue to promote understanding of the benefits of risk-taking and teach ways of assessing and managing risk to focus on enablement rather than prevention.

    Linked to Dementia Statement: We have the right to be recognised as who we are, to make choices about our lives including taking risks, and to contribute to society. Our diagnosis should not define us, nor should we be ashamed of it.

    Status:

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    Through the use of case studies, both real and fictional, and guided discussions whereby our participants are supported to understand the 'silent harms' that are too often inflicted on people with dementia in attempts to keep them safe.

  • We will encourage those involved in caring for or supporting people with dementia to get to know the person and to avoid labels.

    Linked to Dementia Statement: We have the right to be recognised as who we are, to make choices about our lives including taking risks, and to contribute to society. Our diagnosis should not define us, nor should we be ashamed of it.

    Status:

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    We will continue to use positive, person-focused language and to challenge negative, depersonalised language wherever we encounter it, both on our training courses and elsewhere. We will continue to promote the importance of understanding the person as an individual and encourage health and care organisations to make sure that information about the person is well-documented and shared with those who need to know it.