Level Three - Exploration

Exploration modules reflect our insights gathered from current research and evidence to inform dementia assessment, treatment and support.

They also provide an opportunity for participants to share their experience with experts in the field and provide further comprehension of specific forms of dementia, exploring other factors that can impact on the experience of dementia.

HOW TO REGISTER:

  • Online: Choose a workshop or course and click on the links.
  • Fax: Registration Form to 03 9816 5733
  • Mail: Registration Form to Locked Bag 3001, Hawthorn 3122
  • Ph: 03 9816 5708
  • Bookings are essential, as places in our courses and workshops are limited.

Alzheimer's Australia Vic is a Registered Training Organisation offering dementia education with flexible course structures providing practical answers to the challenges of everyday care designed specifically for people working in aged care.

Learning programs within Level Three - Exploration:


Acting on delirium

The aim of this session is for the participant to gain an understanding of delirium as a medical emergency. They will learn to recognise symptoms, identify possible causes, promote recovery and develop prevention strategies for people living with dementia.

On completion of this session, you will better understand:

• signs and symptoms of delirium
• the cause of delirium
• the relationship between delirium and dementia
• the risks associated with delirium
• helpful strategies to manage delirium
• prevention strategies to minimise delirium

Suitable for health professionals.


Art appreciation for people living with dementia

Delivered at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Surrounded by some of the finest pieces in the National Gallery of Victoria’s collection, learn to deliver a successful art appreciation program. With input from gallery staff, you will be guided on how to create an enjoyable, enriching and safe experience for people living with dementia.

On completion of this session you will:

  • understand the role that engagement plays in reducing agitation
  • learn the techniques involved in delivering a safe and enjoyable
  • experience, including using open ended questions to engage and questions to promote the imagination
  • manage participants anxiety surrounding their visit to the gallery

Suitable for diversional therapists, planned activity group staff and lifestyle staff.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.


Client Focused Montessori - Presented by Juanita Bekinschtein

You will explore ways to apply these principles in order to support independence, promote engagement and provide a sense of purpose for people living with dementia.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this session you will:

  • gain a basic understanding of the Montessori Method
  • have experienced the Montessori principles through role-play
  • be able to translate these principles into practice

Suitable for:

Diversional therapists, planned activity and lifestyle staff.

To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


Cognitive screening and assessment

The diagnosis of dementia is a complex process requiring specialist assessment. The first step is to rule out any other cause. There are some conditions that present with similar symptoms as dementia such as delirium and depression. Screening and assessment is an important step in a formal diagnosis of dementia. This program aims to provide the participant with knowledge and skills in basic screening and assessment to identify potential cause of cognitive change and where to refer for support.

On completion of this program the participant will be able to:

  • understand the need for cognitive screening and assessment
  • develop understanding of the process for cognitive screening and assessment
  • be familiar with the tools used in screening and assessment
  • explore the common reasons for cognitive change
  • discover the overlap of symptoms between dementia, delirium and depression
  • refer to others for further investigation and support
  • reflect on current workplace screening and assessment practices

Suitable for health professionals.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us

 


Intellectual Disability and Dementia

The changes associated with dementia impact significantly on the person, their family and carers.  For a person with intellectual disability it may be harder to recognise an emerging dementia condition. This program helps you to identify dementia related changes in people who have an existing intellectual disability.    You will explore the prevalence of dementia in people with intellectual disability, early signs of cognitive change, assessment and diagnosis of dementia and helpful support strategies for the person as they experience functional change.

On completion of this session, you will gain an understanding of:

  • signs and symptoms of changes associated with dementia
  • assessment and diagnosis of dementia for a person with intellectual disability
  • supporting a person living with intellectual disability and dementia through cognitive and functional change

Suitable for people working in aged care, community care or disability.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us

 
 


Exploring Montessori as a service model

"This workshop is an introduction to Montessori through the work of Dr Cameron Camp. It provides an overview of Montessori as a model for service delivery and explores how this might look in your organisation.

The workshop briefly introduces the Montessori. Community framework and uses self-assessment tools to explore your organisational readiness for a Montessori approach."

On completion of this session, you will be able to:

• understand the 12 Montessori principles and how this informs the approach to engagement and support
• conduct a self-assessment of current practice
• identify areas and explore ideas for practice improvement
• explore the Shaping a Montessori Community framework "

Suitable for: all staff working with people living with dementia and their carers

 


Goal directed care planning

With a focus on person-centred practice in dementia care, this module demonstrates how you can enhance client independence and quality of life. Work towards integrating an individual, person-centred care plan with significant input from the consumer. Taking into account their lifestyle choices, aspirations, skills, capabilities as well as life circumstances, you will be shown how to develop a care plan which is goal-oriented and inclusive of the person living with dementia’s needs, and the supports they receive.

On completion of this session you will be able to:

  • use care plans as a tool
  • understand various types of dementia
  • communicate with clients with dementia
  • identify goals with clients with dementia
  • transcribe goals onto the care plan
  • record outcomes
  • practice using real case studies

Suitable for people working in planned activity groups.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


Improvisational storytelling

This is a module designed to support the use of imagination, creativity and identity in people living with dementia. Improvisational storytelling is a method that makes it possible for everyone to join in without the fear of failing, while encouraging the use of the imagination. It is a way for people to grow and connect with their carers by having the role of storyteller.

On completion of this session you will become familiar with:

  • how to effectively engage with the person living with dementia
  • delivering a safe and enjoyable program
  • the active service model and person-centred care

Suitable for diversional therapists, planned activity group staff and lifestyle staff.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


 


Intimacy, sexuality and dementia

This workshop broadly covers the topic of intimacy as we age, with dementia being a key area of focus. It draws out meaningful and inspirational conversations around some of the stigmas and attitudes that often prevail around this topic. Challenge your own views and understanding and come away with strategies to transform your current practice. 

On completion of this session, you will be able to:

  • recognise the preconceived ideas and myths around intimacy and sexuality for older people
  • discuss sexual diversity
  • understand the impact of dementia on intimacy and sexuality
  • identify benefits versus risks of sexual expression in dementia
  • develop strategies using the CAUSEd model 
  • discuss capacity to consent

Suitable for staff working in aged care or community care settings

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


Montessori and purposeful engagement

This workshop introduces you to the key Montessori principles and how to create a supportive environment through putting them into practice.
You will develop engagement plans that complement consumer directed care and work within the active service model parameters.

This workshop will help participants:

  • identify the benefits of meaningful engagement for people living with dementia
  • discuss the 12 principles that underpin the Montessori approach to engagement
  • use a variety of tools to identify the strengths, interests and support needs of people living with dementia
  • systematically plan to implement improvements in the client group consistent with the Montessori principles of engagement

Suitable for planned activity and lifestyle staff

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

Hawthorn

Cost: Members $165/ Non Members $175
Date: Friday 21 April
Time: 9.30am - 4pm
Address: Alzheimer's Australia, 98-104 Riversdale Rd, Hawthorn, VIC 3122
Register online: Click here

To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


iPads for engagement

With the application of new technologies we have the opportunity and capacity to engage people in stimulating and meaningful ways.
The prevalence of iPads and Tablets and a wide range of communication and interactive programs is opening the door on a powerful, new tool capable of making a positive impact on quality of life and social environment. Join us for a workshop where you be presented with ways this technology can support digital reminiscence therapy through images, music and games; enable communication with geographically distant family and friends, and much more, all with the touch of a screen.
NB: Wi-Fi ready iPad required

On completion of this session you will become familiar with:

  • dementia and the impact on brain and memory
  • the many uses of the iPad and relevant applications
  • how engagement in iPad activities can lead to increased interactions with families and staff, and bridging the gap between older and younger generations

Suitable for diversional therapists, lifestyle staff and planned activity group staff.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

​To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


Support for decision making

Best practice determines a person living with dementia should participate in the decision-making process, but when that capacity is reduced, it is important you know how to assist. This workshop gives an insight into understanding what it is to make decisions, how dementia effects a person’s ability to make decisions and to consider strategies to support a person living with dementia with everyday decision making. NB: this module can be joined with Exploring capacity for decision making as a three hour workshop.

On completion of this session you will be able to:

  • understand decision making and the importance of planning ahead
  • understand capacity
  • plan for and develop strategies to support a person living with dementia in decision making
  • understand risk enablement

Suitable for people working in people working in aged care, community care or disability.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


Exploring capacity for decision making

This program helps you to determine when support may be required and provides tools for exploring associated risks. You will examine your experience in relation to dementia, decision making and capacity, identify the symptoms of dementia and its implication on decision making, including potential risks. Attention will also focus on exploring the support role and its responsibility, and discovering what resources and supports are available when concerns arise regarding someone’s decision making. NB: This module can be run with Support for decision making for a three hour workshop.

On completion of this session participants will be able to:

  • identify the impact of dementia and decision making
  • identify potential triggers for questioning capacity for decision making
  • identify services to refer concerns
  • understand how to use the decision making tool for staff

Suitable for people working in aged care, community care or disability.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

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