Online dementia course

The view from here: Skills in dementia care for acute settings

6 hours

9 weeks

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

Develop the knowledge and practice skills needed to care for people with dementia in hospitals.

Suitable for people working in:

Emergency Care , Acute Care

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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.

Learning Outcomes

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:

MODULE 1

Neuropathology

This module introduces you to the basic neuropathology of dementia and the responsive behaviours associated with dementia.

Neuropathology

MODULE 2

Delirium and delirium superimposed on dementia

Delirium and delirium superimposed on dementia introduces the symptoms of delirium and how they compare with dementia as well as...

Delirium and delirium superimposed on dementia

MODULE 3

Person-centred care and other theoretical models

This lesson provides a brief overview of person-centred care and three theoretical models to help put the focus on the...

Person-centred care and other theoretical models

MODULE 4

Communication strategies (Acute)

Communication Strategies provides an overview of the communication changes usually experienced by people with dementia in the acute care setting...

Communication strategies (Acute)

MODULE 5

Information gathering and bedside tests

Information gathered through carer or patient interview and simple bedside tests can significantly impact your ability to provide high quality...

Information gathering and bedside tests

MODULE 6

Approaches to pain assessment

This module provides an introduction to pain in the context of dementia and aims to help health professionals recognise the...

Approaches to pain assessment

MODULE 7

Activities for the inpatient setting

Engaging people with dementia in meaningful activity while in hospital is an important therapeutic care intervention that may reduce responsive...

Activities for the inpatient setting

MODULE 8

The environment: sensory, physical, social

Modifying environmental factors can positively impact on the wellbeing and function of a person with dementia during an acute care...

The environment: sensory, physical, social

MODULE 9

Care planning and interventions

This module draws together the learnings from modules 1-8 and leads you through planning care and implementing strategies that will...

Care planning and interventions

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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  • Increase your knowledge of dementia
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  • Real life examples to help you put knowledge into practice
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  • Certificate of Completion

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