The increasing prevalence of Dementia in the UK poses a huge challenge to care providers, local councils, the central government and families. The Huffington Post reports that “deaths related to Dementia will quadruple by 2040, overtaking cancer as the UK’s biggest killer.” The Alzheimer’s Society UK estimates there are currently 850,000 people living with Dementia in the UK, with 1 in 6 people over 80 suffering from the disease. However, the disease affects a wide range of the population, including over 40,000 people who are under the age of 65. Despite the fact that Dementia is one of the main causes of disability later in people’s lives (ahead of other conditions like cardiovascular disease and stroke), the UK spends much less on Dementia care and research in comparison.

Recent studies and events have demonstrated that the most effective path to effective Dementia care is taking a person-centred approach. Jane Ashcroft, CEO of Anchor, one of the UK’s largest non-profits dealing with housing the elderly stated, “Each person is a unique individual with a rich history of experiences, knowledge, preferences, desires and personality.” Evidence suggests that people we support with Dementia respond better to more sensitive person centred care, which puts the person you support at ease and makes the work of the service provider easier.

It is important to remember that with no clear cure for Dementia in sight, the social care sector need to develop effective strategies to deal with patients suffering from Dementia in order to deal with the increasing number of diagnoses. Service providers must be attentive to the needs of the people they support, while managers need to ensure that their staff are adequately trained to deal with the demands of this disease. The goal must be to develop strategies and systems for care providers to maximize the wellbeing and happiness of patients.

Here at BVS Training we have tailor-designed a number of training videos specifically to UK legislation and best practice. Titles relating to Dementia and person-centred care are: Principles of Person Centred Care, Understanding Dementia, Dementia Care for Managers and Supervisors, Dementia Care in the Care Home and Dementia Care in the Domiciliary Setting

We also offer bundles of our Dementia care training courses. The Dementia Care bundle is suitable for Care Homes and we also have the Dementia Care in Domiciliary Settings bundle.

All of our social care training courses are aligned to the Skills for Care (Care Certificate) standards and include access to our training materials. These include CPD Certified Certificates, Lesson Plans, Handouts and Assessment Quizzes.