Dementia Carer Training

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Over 300 Dementia Carers – join the team

You could become a Helping Hands dementia carer and work with the support of the Dementia Champions across the country.

Our dementia carers are very, very special people. So far, over 300 of our carers have decided to train further to become a dementia specialist carer and, as more dementia care in the home is needed, the opportunities keep on growing too.

How do I become a dementia carer?

Apply to become a Helping Hands carer here and during the training week simply tell one of the training team you are interested in doing the advanced dementia training. Courses are held several times during the year and you’ll be notified when these are.

Julia’s silver dementia care award

Helping Hands Live-in Carer, Julia, who has been caring for her customer Mr Watts for approximately fifteen months, has now become a very confident Dementia Carer – we are so proud of her.

With the help of her Care Manager and Dementia Champion, Wendy Sear, Julia has implemented a range of different dementia care at home strategies in her approach to care which have allowed her to overcome difficulties she is presented with on a daily basis. She has adapted normal routines in order to resolve problems, encouraging her customer to make the best use of his skills and abilities through the provision of encouragement, reassurance and common sense.
Having observed Julia demonstrating attention to detail, excellent communication skills and distraction techniques, Wendy suggested that she undertake the free Dementia Specialist Training that is on offer to all Helping Hands Live-in Carers, providing her with both a fundamental understanding of the condition and a range of skills to better equip her with situations she deals with on a daily basis.

Julia couldn’t wait to get started, and within just three weeks, she had completed the programme and gained a Silver Dementia Award. Well done Julia! The training has proved invaluable and Julia now feels confident in providing dementia care advice and support to other Carers – she often writes tips and thoughts on our internal intranet, which other Helping Hands Carers can use which we really encourage.

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