Dementia learning resources

Posted : 19 July 2018

If you work in one of Bupa's fantastic care homes, the chances are you play a vital role in supporting someone living with dementia.

In this article, we’ve gathered useful resources to help you provide outstanding care. We’ll be adding to this page over time – so please bookmark it and check back for updates.

 

 

Training

 

These training courses have had good feedback from Bupa carers. Speak to your manager if you’re interested.


• Virtual dementia tour:  This training can help you walk in the shoes of a person with dementia. It does this through sensory experiences that research suggests are the closest a person with a healthy mind can come to understanding what it’s like having dementia. 


• Dementia Friends Training: Becoming a Dementia Friend is about learning more about what living with dementia is like, then turning that understanding into action.

 

 

Understanding dementia

 

Dementia is a complex condition. It's a great idea to remind yourself of the key facts about dementia. This information below is taken from our dementia hub for the general public. You may find the information in the hub useful yourself, or you could share it with the relatives of residents with dementia who may find it helpful.

 

Dementia is not one medical condition, but a set of symptoms. Common causes, or 'types,' of dementia include the following:

 

  • Alzheimer's disease – the most common type of dementia, making up more than six out of 10 cases (60%).

 

  • Vascular dementia – the second most common type of dementia. The cause of vascular dementia is a lack of blood supply to areas of the brain. Sometimes this happens after a stroke.

 

  • Dementia with Lewy bodies – the third most common type of dementia. Symptoms can include visual hallucinations, fluctuation in attention and awareness, sleep disturbances and movement disorder similar to Parkinson's disease.

 

  • Frontotemporal dementia – a rarer type that probably accounts for less than one in 20 cases of dementia. However, it is one of the commonest causes of dementia in people under 65.

 

 

A personal story

 

Click on the video below to watch as Susan tells her story about her father being diagnosed with dementia, and the effect on her family.

 

 

 

 

 

For more personal stories and information, you can visit our dementia hub.

Articles and inspiration

 

  • 'Pimp my zimmer' – care home residents have been redecorating their walking frames. The project has helped to reduce falls as it helps residents living with dementia to recognise their own frame.

 

  • Doll therapy – a recent evidence search by the Clinical Effectiveness Team at Bupa found that doll therapy is effective for people living with dementia, and is well–aligned with the ethos of person-centred care. You can read a systematic review about doll therapy.

 

  • Sex and intimacy in care homes – we've been working with Alzheimer's Society to lift the lid on supporting residents when it comes to meeting their needs around sex and intimacy. The homes taking part in the project are Sunnyview House, Ashby Court, Thatcham Court, Edmund House and Collingwood Grange Care Home. You can email Joanne Howcroft, Dementia Lead for more information.

 

  • Therapeutic robots – we are currently looking into using Paro the seal in care homes. Therapeutic robots like this have been found to provide comfort for people living with dementia.

 

Improving environments

 

The photos below can help you understand the different ways that elderly people can see the same scene, potentially not noticing a feature of their environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking about environments, the Care Inspectorate has recently republished its guidance on Building better care homes for adults. The guidance includes tips that anyone considering the care home environment may find useful.

 

Coming soon

Keep an eye on this page for more news and updates, including case studies of Bupa care homes that have provided outstanding care for people living with dementia. You can email any examples of good practice in dementia care to bcsdementiaideas@bupa.com

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