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Dementia training in care homes

Buz Loveday

in Mental Health and Care Homes

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Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593637
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754722 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199593637.003.0025
Dementia training in care homes

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This chapter explores the importance of dementia training in care homes, highlighting the need to address attitudes as well as practices. The author foregrounds the importance of helping staff discard myths and negative assumptions and develop knowledge, skills, insight, and an empathic awareness of the feelings and needs of residents with dementia. For staff to learn, it is necessary not only for training to engage them but for it to be relevant to their daily practice. Helping them translate learning into practice is a key feature of effective training supported by the use of real-life examples and situations. It is widely acknowledged that dementia training for care home staff has historically been far from adequate and the author proposes that whole team training is the best method for achieving the ‘informed and effective workforce’ specified by the National Dementia Strategy. The chapter concludes that in order to embed real improvements in the quality of dementia care, training needs to be part of a developmental strategy that is underpinned by informed and skilled leadership.

Chapter.  8272 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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