Dementia Australia has announced a set of free short online courses to support aged care staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Changed routines can leave aged care recipients with dementia in a state of distress and confusion, and Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe believes the new courses will help aged care workers to spot any changes in personality or behaviour.
“We want to support all those who work in aged care as much as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.
“The courses will increase the participants’ understanding of dementia and provide frameworks to help with problem solving.
“We know that where aged care staff know about the person in their care, understand their stage and form of dementia, and are flexible in their approach, the better the outcomes for all.”
Participants work through the two-hour courses and develop their own dementia plans to then apply the newly acquired knowledge in a work setting.
Nobuko Fujito, care manager at the Salvation Army’s Macquarie Lodge Aged Care Centre, said the online learning courses are already having a positive impact on staff.
“They have given us new information to help clients during this time, and I would definitely recommend the courses to other organisations.”
The course can be done at the participant’s own pace, and they are freely available anywhere in Australia until June 30.
“We know that more than 50 per cent of all people living in residential aged care have a diagnosis of dementia, and there are estimates that it could be much higher than this in some aged care homes,” McCabe said.
“People living with dementia are some of the most vulnerable people in our community right now, and increasing the focus on engagement and communication at this time of restricted physical contact is vital to ensure better care outcomes.
“The Centre for Dementia Learning is a trusted, reliable provider of education and is committed to supporting staff in aged care and the aged care industry.
“With increased demand for remote support during this pandemic, we want to support aged care workers and help them gain skills to respond to changed behaviours.
“Now is a great opportunity for those in the aged care industry to explore and implement new strategies.”
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