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Praxis Care staff awarded qualification in Dementia Care

Praxis Care are delighted to announce that 28 members of staff at St Paul’s Court (Lisburn), Connaught House ( Newry)  and Coleraine Floating Support have successfully completed the “Best Practice in Dementia Care”: a six part, self- study course for health & social care staff working in care home and day care settings.

The course materials are supplied by the University of Stirling & Dementia Services Development Centre, Northern Ireland.  The course is Royal College Nursing and City and Guilds Qualification Certified Framework Level 3 accredited.

Andy Mayhew Director of Care Praxis Care says:

“Scheme Managers can see a change in the staff everyday practice. They see and hear the communication of service users with dementia, they respond in an appropriate manner, taking into account the varying degree of needs and support needed for them to live well with the symptoms of dementia.

Ultimately service users have benefited from the training course due to the new knowledge and insight of the staff that completed the programme.”

Leah Mooney Team Leader (Connaught House, Newry) who has successfully completed the Dementia Care qualification says:

“The course gave me a greater understanding of different types of dementia and related behaviours.  The course was tailor made for each individual and I use my new knowledge on a daily basis within the scheme.”

Praxis Care Newry- Dementia Awards  : Gerry Heatley (Manager Newry Project), Leah Mooney (Award Winner), Andy Mayhew (Director of Care)

Praxis Care Newry- Dementia Awards : Gerry Heatley (Manager Newry Project), Leah Mooney (Award Winner), Andy Mayhew (Director of Care)

Sean Hughes Learning and Development Officer, Northern Ireland Dementia Services Development Centre and Stirling University says:

“People living with dementia can, at times experience difficulties with communication which means it is difficult for them to be understood by others, their attempts to communicate can be misunderstood as inappropriate behaviours.  Appropriate training supports staff to realise there are lots of things that can be done to positively improve communication and make life much better for the person Living with dementia, for e.g. being aware that communication difficulties can be a result of common sensory impairments, and are often not due to dementia. the words we say only make up a small part of what we communicate.

Praxis Care have recognised Dementia as a specialist field of practise where staff need additional knowledge and support, they have evidenced their commitment to service users and family carers through this training. I commend praxis Care staff that have completed the Best Practise Programme and achieved accreditation from City & Guilds”.

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Notes to editors

Praxis Care is Northern Ireland’s largest care charity that provides care and support services to adults and children with learning disabilities, mental ill health and acquired brain injury in Ireland, UK and the Isle of Man.

St Paul’s Court in Lisburn is a purpose built accommodation with 15 bungalows and eight flats for older people including people with dementia. Support focuses on maintaining the individual’s independent living skills, and uses various assistive technologies to compensate for any sensory and cognitive impairment.

Coleraine Floating Support is a service for people with dementia living in the Coleraine Area

Connaught House, Newry is a residential facility for eight service users, all with Korsakoff Syndrome whereby their short term memory is significantly impaired therefore creating significant risks within daily living. All of the service users within Connaught house have a social worker or Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) but some also access day placements with supervised transport.

If you need any further information about Praxis Care please contact Paul Collins, Assistant Director of Communications on 07712189675 or 028 90 234 555 or by email on paulcollins@praxiscare.org.uk

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