About this Course
This course was designed to help nurses and other health professionals understand the care experience from the viewpoint of the person living with dementia.
By completing this course, participants will be able to:
- Explain the basic neuropathology of dementia and how underlying pathological processes may impact the mood and behaviour of patients with dementia.
- Identify the symptoms of delirium and how they compare with dementia and may overlay those of dementia.
- Explain how applying the principles of person-centred care (PCC) can improve the quality of care for people with dementia.
- Describe the communication changes associated with dementia and strategies to facilitate communication and enhance understanding for the person with dementia.
- Explain pain and pain assessment in the context of dementia and recognise the links between pain and responsive behaviours.
- Identify meaningful activities to engage a person with dementia while in hospital as a key therapeutic care intervention.
- Identify environmental factors that could be changed using environmental design principles to improve wellbeing and quality of care.
- Describe information gathering techniques and simple bedside tests about the patient’s personal history and current functional status.
- Identify tools to observe, assess and document function and behaviour in the acute care setting over time.
- Describe how to plan care and implement evidence-based strategies (non-pharmacological and pharmacological) that will lead to optimal care for patients with any form of cognitive impairment.
In this course, you will complete the following modules:
Continuing Professional Education
Completion of this course provides 3 hours of continuing professional education. A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon successful completion.
Dementia Training Australia is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund.
This online course was developed by the team at the Queensland University of Technology.
The View from Here online course was developed by Frederick Graham, Metro South Health, and Sandra Jeavons, Elizabeth Miles and Prof Elizabeth Beattie, Dementia Training Australia. It is based on a face-to-face education program of the same name previously developed by Kate Nayton with the Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre. The View from Here has been reviewed by clinicians and academics with expertise in dementia care in acute care settings, delirium management and learning design.
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