Dementia Awareness – An Introduction

Dementia Awareness – An Introduction

Dementia Awareness and the Early Warning Signs

If you’re a regular follower of IKON Training blogs, you’ll probably have seen our recent piece on Tesco’s ground-breaking dementia-friendly checkouts. It’s no secret that we take dementia very seriously, and as such are always looking for ways to do our bit to spread awareness of the condition. Dementia affects over 850,000 people in the UK; a number that is expected to rise to more than 1 million by 2025. Approximately 15% of people over 80 years of age are diagnosed with dementia, and although it is more likely to develop in a person’s later years, it can happen to people of any age. It is thought that only 44% of people with dementia in the UK receive a diagnosis, and as dementia damages the brain gradually, you should always be on the lookout for the warning signs in order to make sure the sufferer receives support as early as possible. Leading authority on the condition, alz.co.uk, states that the early signs of dementia are:

  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  • Problems with language
  • Disorientation to time and place
  • Poor or decreased judgement
  • Problems with keeping track of things
  • Misplacing things
  • Changes in mood or behaviour
  • Changes in personality
  • Loss of initiative

Dementia awareness is on the rise in the UK; in fact, it has recently been announced that people over 40 in England are to be given a free NHS health check, in order to provide them with more information about the condition, and to increase the likelihood of an early diagnosis. In fact, the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, is quoted as promising that the UK will be the world’s most “dementia-friendly” country by the year 2020, by way of extensive research on 10% of all people with the condition. With the CQC (Care Quality Commission) introducing an Ofsted-style ratings system for dementia in their inspections, and extensive continued scientific research into the condition, including plans to scan the brains and organs of 100,000 people in an attempt to determine its underlying causes, it is thought that a cure could be found within as little as five years. Until a cure is found, however, staying vigilant about noticing and acting upon the early warning signs of dementia is the best way to combat the widespread and often heart-breaking condition. But how can those who work with dementia sufferers on a day-to-day basis make sure that they have all the necessary knowledge and skills needed to do their part in combatting the disease?

 

Dementia Awareness Training

Dementia Awareness Training is a communication skills course that aims at giving those who work with those affected by dementia a comprehensive understanding of what constitutes and differentiates dementia and Alzheimer’s, and teaches them about the different forms of dementia, the distress signals they need to be aware of, and how to refer and report confidentially. A Dementia Awareness Training course provides:

  • More responsible and sensitive employees
  • Upskilled employees who can work more effectively and efficiently
  • Improved safety for patients, relatives and colleagues
  • Peace of mind for patients and relatives that they are valued and cared for

As dementia and Alzheimer’s often go hand-in-hand with mental health issues, Dementia Awareness Training courses can also be effectively paired with Mental Health Awareness Training – focussing on communication; cognitive function and impairment; and a plan for what to do in the event of a related situation.

Managing Director of IKON Training, Jason Keeley, says, “Dementia and Alzheimer’s will sadly affect many of us; whether it be a loved one, a friend, or the patients that you work with. It’s something that causes a great amount of distress for the sufferer and the people around them who care for them, so those who are in a position to offer help in managing the condition have a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference, and should therefore have the appropriate training in order to be able to do so. Dementia Awareness Training offers everything that is needed to be able to recognise distress signals and respond correctly in order to minimise distress.”

 

For information about Dementia Awareness Training, give us a call on 01473 722924 or send us a message via our online submission form to book a free Training Needs Analysis.


Published Thursday, May 19th, 2016
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