Why dementia training is important for caregivers

17th November 2017

There are an estimated 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and with average life expectancies continuing to rise, this is predicted to increase to 1 million by 2025 and to 2 million by 2050. It is therefore true that now, more than ever, care workers and family caregivers responsible for caring for dementia patients, can seriously benefit from professional dementia training.  

Understanding dementia

A dementia training course will help caregivers to understand dementia as a degenerative brain disorder which can produce a range of effects. The most common are memory loss, confusion, inability to perform tasks and sudden mood changes. It is important that care workers fully understand dementia and are prepared for its effects on both the patient and those close to them so that they can react and handle them to the best of their ability.

How to respond to dementia patients

A common theme amongst untrained dementia caregivers, is that they try to persuade those with dementia that what they are saying and thinking is false. Those with dementia often believe what they say with conviction, so attempting to dissuade them will only serve in agitating or confusing them further, leading to elevated stress levels and, on occasion, violent outbursts. An effective dementia training course will provide caregivers with the information they need in order to respond effectively to those with dementia.

Providing support to relatives of dementia patients

Patients are not the only ones suffering as a result of dementia, close family and friends are too. Seeing a loved one deteriorate over time can cause anxiety and depression in many cases. A dementia training course can help caregivers to put a patient’s loved ones’ minds at ease if and when they hand over the care of their loved one. If caregivers are only providing respite care, then the support network that qualified caregivers can provide for families is a huge comfort and relief.

Dementia training benefits everyone involved, so if you are a caregiver to someone with dementia, then you should not hesitate to consider enrolling in a course that will benefit yourself, your patients and those around them. 

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