Join the home care industry’s dementia experts
Dementia affects one in six people over the age of 80. Because so many of our customers are living with dementia, we place extra special importance on training our carers on how to best support them.
There are many forms of dementia. And we’re finding that more and more families are coming to us in need of the support of a live-in carer. Often, the reassurance of having the same person at home, who sticks to the same routines and rituals, is the most important thing for a person who’s living with the condition.
We provide dementia carer training to every single one of our live-in carers. Through a roleplay in a simulated home environment, we show them using blindfolds, loud noises and music what it can feel like to live with the condition. With this true understanding under their belts, it means they can give the best kind of care to our customers.
Specialist dementia carer training
We have over 300 specialist dementia carers working for us who’ve all opted for extra training to support families living with dementia across the country. As more and more people turn to dementia care in the home, there’s a growing number of opportunities for dementia experts.
If you’re interested in also becoming a dementia expert, speak to the training team during your carer training course. Advanced dementia courses, developed in partnership with Dementia UK, are held several times each year, so we can keep you posted on when they are. They’re free of charge too.
I thoroughly enjoyed the dementia training session. I do gratefully appreciate all the opportunities that Helping Hands have given me since starting… I am beyond thankful.
Sunshine, a carer with Helping Hands
How we provide dementia care
Take a look at the dementia services we offer, and the practical tools we’ve created, to provide the best kind of dementia care in the home.Dementia care
Julia's story: A dementia champion in the making
While Julia was caring for Mr Watts, an elderly man who is living with dementia, her manager noticed how well she was dealing with the sometimes challenging scenarios she faced. Predicting that Julia was a good candidate for the advanced dementia carer training, her manager put her name forward for the course.
Following the course, Julia couldn’t wait to put her newfound knowledge into practice. She’s now a confident dementia carer with a deep understanding of the condition and how to better handle some of the difficulties being faced on a daily basis.
Julia is now a dementia champion for Helping Hands, and is sharing her dementia care advice across our network of carers. Having completed the full programme, she’s been awarded with her Silver Dementia Award.