Dementia: What you need to know.

  1. Dementia is not just a part of getting older

The majority of people with dementia are over 65 however it isn’t a normal part of getting older. It’s not just older people that develop dementia, in the UK over 40,000 people under 65 have dementia.

2. There’s more to it than just memory loss.

Dementia is mainly associated with memory loss however it affects everyone differently.  This might include changes in behavior, confusion and disorientation, delusions and hallucinations, difficulty communicating, problems judging speeds and distances and even cravings for particular foods.

3.  Investment in dementia research is still low.

Combined government and charity investment in dementia research is 6.4 times lower than cancer research. Putting more  investment in dementia research to raise it to a similar level will help to find a much-needed cure.

4. Dementia is a global issue.

It was a common myth that dementia was only an issue in the western hemisphere but actually, the largest increases in dementia expected over the next 20 years are actually in places like China, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. Dementia affects 46.8 million people worldwide.

You can help. Dementia research desperately needs volunteers to help find new treatments and prevention. They also need people to understand the condition and spread awareness.

Visit our website today and complete our Dementia Awareness course:  http://www.steadfasttraining.co.uk/Online-Dementia.asp

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Benefits to providing end-of-life care training

End of life care is for people who are nearing the end of life. The goal is to help you and everyone affected by your diagnosis to achieve the best quality of life.

End of life care aims to treat or manage pain and other physical symptoms. It will also help with any psychological, social or spiritual effects. Treatment will involve medicines, therapies, and any other support that specialist teams believe will help their patients.

As this is such a sensitive time for patients and families it is important for carers to be trained correctly in order to help the best they can.

  • Staff that have been trained correctly will be confident and competent in delivering end-of-life care that will ensure that the needs of patients and those closest to them are met well.
  • Supporting staff with training and education can help to sustain their health and well being at work and support them whilst providing care in difficult and emotionally demanding settings.
  • Training can be linked to business needs, for example, improving quality of care, ward productivity and efficiency.
  • You can maximize staff potential by providing them with skills that can be transferable to all care settings.

Visit our website to find out more about the courses we have to offer: http://www.steadfasttraining.co.uk/Online-Palliative-Care.asp

 

Managing Conflict At Work

No one likes the idea of colleagues arguing in the workplace, but it does happen and can often lead to bigger problems if not resolved.

So how do you manage conflict at work?

Start by working out who is causing the issue and why, it could just be a clash of personalities or someone bringing personal issues to work. Conflict between work colleagues can often lead to accusations of bullying or harassment.

A good way to manage conflict between members of staff  is to separate them and have a private word with each individual. This would be classed as the informal stage, if the incident was more serious it would be best to move to the formal stage. The formal stage would be where the manager or senior member of staff has to follow internal procedures.

To learn more about managing conflict visit our website where you can complete our online Managing Conflict course