Care provider and charity, The Fremantle Trust, is shining a light on Dementia Awareness Week by reflecting on the importance of investment in continuous skills development to meet the needs of residents living with dementia.
In 2015 the Trust’s dementia lead, Jill Conroy developed a new BTEC Level 2 Award in Dementia Awareness, which features in the Skills for Care Best Practice Guide. This has been rolled out across the organisation’s care homes and will also extend across its learning disability services, with an increasing number of team members being identified as course assessors.
Hazel Greenway, manager of specialist dementia care home Mulberry Court, (pictured), said: “As a result of the care team’s understanding of dementia, they are able to be more hands on and experience the benefits this brings to the individual and family.
“They see the person and not the dementia, which is critical. As a manager it’s fantastic to see the ideas and the learning being put into practice from the team long after the award has been completed, as they remain wholly focused on finding the best and most effective ways of supporting residents living with dementia in our care.”
Zlate Semanic, assistant manager at Icknield Court care home in Princes Risborough who has completed the BTEC in Dementia Care and is looking to become an assessor, added: “Dementia not only has a profound impact on the individual, but on their families too. It’s very important to keep talking and looking at pictures of positive memories, places visited and experiences shared with others as a reminder of identity and an opportunity to reminisce.”