As the need for quality dementia care increases, Helping Hands has been busy training a dedicated team of Carers who will specialise in the intricacies of dementia care and now has over 300 qualified dementia carers across the country.
The advanced training, available to any Helping Hands Carer starts at the very beginning of their training and is then continued through the Social Care Institute for Excellence training on the Dementia UK training programme. The latest practical techniques are at the very heart of the dementia carers work.
This is all brought together by the Helping Hands Dementia Champions – passionate practitioners with extensive experience in care who have passed their knowledge to the 300 carers. The Dementia Champions are based across England and Wales and conduct the training programmes and then ongoing contact as questions arise. Our dementia customers and families also have access to the Dementia Champions via the dementia helpline.
Nazia Scott, Dementia Champion for the North region comments, “It doesn’t matter if you are a healthcare professional, carer, Helping Hands customer or family member looking for advice about a loved one, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have a question. We can help explain behaviours, and more importantly give you practical tips on how to deal with certain scenarios.”
One such piece of advice was shared this week regarding a customer who was finding it difficult to differentiate between night and day.