We offer a range of one-day courses delivered by our experienced Consultants. We can also create bespoke courses with you, to deliver your specific identified needs. To find out more and book, please contact us at info@dementiacarematters.com

Becoming a Butterfly. Benefit from introducing a way for teams to increase their positive social interactions with people. 
Gives teams lots of ideas on how to connect and occupy people. Provides people with the opportunity to practice during the workshop, the Butterfly Approach directly in lounges and dining rooms. Increases people's confidence with practical ideas on how to change the moment.

The Heart of Dementia Care - Connecting with People in the Later Stages of Dementia. 
Often we don't know what to do with people who experience the reality of later stage dementia. We need to refocus our care culture to learning how to BE with people in the reality of later stage dementia. Attachment and touch are important in meeting the emotional needs of people who are unable to communicate. This workshop will enable and empower you to connect with people using non-verbal techniques to create safety, security and connection. As feeling beings we crave attachment and belonging. By understanding the principles of attachment and touch this will promote an improved relationship where feelings matter most.

What's Love Got to Do with It? Intimacy in older people's care. 
Respecting people’s needs for closeness, relationships, intimacy and sexual expression is central to supporting a person’s identity. There is an overwhelming risk aversion in the social and care sector when it comes to intimacy, sexuality and dementia. The desire to protect and safeguard against harm is being experienced as a deprivation of closeness, love and sexual identity. This is not the purpose of safeguarding. This workshop will enable you to understand the balance of safeguarding, deprivation of liberty and the need for intimacy, love and in some cases sex! We need to shift our culture and thinking where we label people's emotional and sexual needs as 'problems' rather than embracing this as an essential part of identity and wellbeing.

The Role of Touch in Dementia Care. Feel confident to fully understand the role touch plays in shaping people's lived experience of care  
Learn about how/when to use: expressive touch, touch with repetitive expressions, touch in later stage dementia care, congruent touch, comforting touch, intuitive touch, placing touch in the context of consent.   "The Being in touch day was emotional & inspiring and felt like the glue that brought all the staff’s strengths together. The lively colourful butterfly type carers create an atmosphere of fun and laughter but I felt sad for the quiet caring & compassionate staff  who I had a feeling felt less ‘valued’ and ‘inadequate’ for not being as confident – the Being in touch reinforced that compassion and just ‘being with’ people and ‘touching, hugging and holding’ has powerful emotional effects and that they too have a significant role to play in the team to ensure the people we care for have all their emotional needs met & that they feel love and comfort as well as fun and laughter happy for you to change anything."   Lesley Hobbs, Home Manager, Brunelcare, Deerhurst, Bristol.

Being person centred with older people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.  
Develop greater awareness of the particular needs of older gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people and the responsibilities of service providers under the Equality Act 2010.

Merging the Best Matters. Join our worlds together: Develop an understanding of people experiencing a learning disability and dementia. 
Increase the confidence and skills of people working alongside people with learning disability and dementia. Join best practice from the two worlds of learning disability and dementia care.

Learning the Language of Dementia. Benefit from knowing how to interpret the meaning in people's communication. 
Demonstrates how connecting to people is central to being person centred. Provides insight to the meaning behind people's words and into the expression of feelings which lead to behaviour. Gives people skills in feelings based communication and supporting people's different realities.

Sexuality, Intimacy & Relationships. Benefit from learning how to support people's expression and need for closeness. 
Helps people to explore their own attitudes to sexuality as personal influences are key to unlocking feelings about sexuality and dementia. Looks at how the experience of a dementia affects this key area of people's lives. Provides skills in opening up the subject with people living with a dementia, their families and within working teams. Highlights the need for a clear policy and takes people through best practice approaches.

Later Stage Dementia Care. Benefit from developing this specialism within dementia care. 
Emphasises that meeting these needs is critical within person centred care and requires a specialist approach. Helps people to assess when a person's needs have reached this point. Identifies positive features of a specialist later stage service. Helps people to explore how to practically set up this model of support within their own care service.

Maintaining Momentum Matters. Benefit from having the experience as a team in learning how to recharge efforts and maintain drive in dementia care. 
Many care services have worked hard to develop their skills in being person centred and providing person centred care and support. Provides an opportunity to "take stock" of achievements, be inspired by new learning from other fields and to find ways to maintain momentum.

 

To find out more and book, please contact us at info@dementiacarematters.com