Dementia care for the care worker

Caring for people with dementia can be difficult yet it can also be enormously rewarding! It is essential that we provide people with care that enhances wellbeing. Researchers from Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, have collaborated with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre to develop Australia's first Clinical Practice Guidelines and Principles of Care People with Dementia.

National clinical guidelines for people with dementia provide health professionals and carers in primary care, aged care and hospital settings with access to recommendations reflecting current evidence on dementia care to better respond to the needs and preferences of the person living with dementia.

The guidelines contain recommendations that aged care staff should apply in their workplaces while also responding to the needs and preferences of the person with dementia and their carer(s) and family.

Care Worker Online Training Course

MOOC

This online course has specifically been produced for care workers who are employed in residential aged care facilities to improve understanding of the Clinical Practice Guidelines and Principles of Care for People with Dementia and provide practical ideas for how this can be implemented in the workplace.

A summary of the course content can be found here

It is estimated it will take between four and eight hrs to complete all modules and can be taken in sections or as a whole.

The Dementia Care Worker Training Course (MOOC) can be accessed here

Guideline and Recommendations

Clinical practice guidelines and principles of care for people with dementia

Clinical practice guidelines and principles of care for people with dementia: Recommendations

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