Praxis Care are delighted to announce that the first 4 members of staff at St Paul’s Court, Lisburn 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.
St Paul’s Court in Lisburn is a purpose built accommodation with fifteen 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.
Kelly Devlin, Scheme Manager, St Paul’s Court says:
“I can see a change in these 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 who completed the programme.”
Jacqueline Niblock, Staff Member 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 tailored made for each individual and I use my new knowledge on a daily basis within the scheme.”
Amanda Leitch, Programme Director, Northern Ireland Dementia Services Development Centre, Stirling University says:
People living with dementia often 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. Without appropriate training staff can only do what they feel is best in any given situation. Unfortunately this can have negative implications for the person with dementia. 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 with dementia and themselves. 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 these first staff who have completed the Best Practise Programme and achieved accreditation from City & Guilds.
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.
If you need any further information about Praxis Care please contact Paul Collins, Assistant Director of Fundraising & PR on 07918720554 or 028 90 234 555 or by email on email@example.com
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