The view from here: Skills in dementia care for acute settings

By Dementia Training Australia

  • Foundational
  • 6.75 hours
  • Online Course
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This course was designed to help nurses and other health professionals understand the care experience from the viewpoint of the person living with dementia.




Continuing Professional Development (CPD) :
6 hours

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, staff should be able to:
  • Explain the neuropsychological basis for responsive behaviours.
  • Identify how dementia-related damage to cortical structures may impact patient behaviour.
  • Identify the symptoms of delirium and how they compare with dementia and may overlay those of dementia.
  • Explain how applying the principles of person-centred care (PCC) can improve the quality of care for people with dementia.
  • Describe the communication changes associated with dementia and strategies to facilitate communication and enhance understanding for the person with dementia.
  • Describe information gathering techniques and simple bedside tests about the patient’s personal history and current functional status that can assist in providing care.
  • Explain pain and pain assessment in the context of dementia and recognise the links between pain and responsive behaviours.
  • Identify methods to select suitable activities to meaningfully engage a person with dementia while in hospital, as a key therapeutic care intervention.
  • Identify psychosocial and physical factors in the hospital environment that could be changed using environmental design principles to improve the wellbeing and quality of care of people with dementia.
  • Describe how to observe, assess and document function and behaviour in the acute care setting over time.
  • Describe how to plan care and implement evidence-based strategies (non-pharmacological and pharmacological) that will lead to optimal care for patients with any form of cognitive impairment.