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Dementia Care & Awareness

-Created 21-05-2021

Healthcare / Medical / Nursing

location Online

Course Title:   Dementia Care & Awareness
Course Category:   Healthcare / Medical / Nursing
Duration:   8 Weeks
Entry Requirements
Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

- Level 4 Certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences.
- Students must be working or on work experience in the Healthcare Sector (6-8 hours per or 30 hours in total) throughout their course or have previous experience of working within Healthcare/Community Care, as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience.
- As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
- If you take this course by eLearning you will need basic IT skills and have access to broadband.
Course Content
Topics covered include:

Unit 1:

Following this unit, the learner will gain understanding of:

- What is Dementia
- Anatomy of the Brain and the effects of dementia
- Identify the common types of dementia
- The Less common types of dementia
- Main signs and symptoms of the disease
- Understand how the condition is diagnosed
- Pharmacology treatment
- Current Research.

Unit 2:

Following this unit, the learner will gain understanding of:

- Stigma and Attitudes in Dementia Care
- Rights & Entitlements in relation to dementia care
- The National Dementia Strategy
- HIQA – Guidance on Dementia Care for Designated Centres for Older People
- Care Facilities & Support Services available
- Care Pathways in Dementia Care
- Best Practice in Dementia Care.

Unit 3:

Following this unit, the learner will gain understanding of:

- Common Behavioural Challenges associated with Dementia
- The importance of family and difficulties faced in dementia care
- Communication Needs
- Holistic Needs
- Importance of person-centred care
- Recreational and Non-pharmacology Therapies
- End of Life Care for the person with Dementia
- Specific Care Needs.
This unique Open College designed online Dementia Care & Awareness course will look at how dementia is now both a national and global concern and why there is a need to develop awareness and understanding of the facts pertaining to dementia. This course will explore the neurology of dementia, the various forms of dementia and best practice in dementia care.

Prepared and written by our expert Healthcare tutors to link closely with our QQI Healthcare Support programmes, the course will examine how practice care can be improved, exploring current research evidence that emphasises the importance of putting the needs of people with dementia at the centre of care. The course will further address attitudes and stigma around dementia and some of the difficult issues that arise for people with dementia and their family carers during the dementia journey of care.

On completion of the course, it is hoped the learner will have developed upon their existing skills and knowledge base, in order to provide competent care to a person with dementia which promotes the principles of person-centeredness.


– To assist the learner to gain knowledge of the neurology of dementia and sub types.
– To support the learner in developing their knowledge, skills and understanding of the needs of people with dementia and promote quality care.
– To assist the learner to develop greater awareness of person-centred care, best practices and importance of effective communication skills in dementia care
– To enable the learner to gain knowledge of the concepts of equality, rights, diversity and inclusion, which are fundamental to person centred approach.
– To facilitate the learner to recognise the important role of family/carers in the area of dementia care
– To develop learners knowledge and skills in meeting specific care needs, non-pharmacology approaches to care and caring for a person with dementia at end of life.

Who should study this course?

– This course is suitable for all healthcare staff who are currently working in the area of dementia.
– People studying existing QQI Healthcare Courses.
– Those working in care of the older person care settings, whether residential, community or acute care.
– Or those who wish to gain additional certification to work in the area of dementia care.
Awarding Body
Awarding Body:   CPD Certificate
Start Date
Start Date:   Anytime
Course provider information
Contact person:   The Open College
Course Email:
Contact:   +353 1 2061828
Institute:   The Open College
Location:   Online

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