Thinking Differently About Dementia - Non Clinical Falls Prevention Training
Dementia Adventure has recently delivered a series of 'Thinking Differently about Dementia Non Clinical Falls Prevention' training sessions in care homes around Essex. The sessions were both eye opening and 'inspiring' as the organisation sought to enable delegates to get into the mindset of someone with dementia and look at non clinical ways to reduce falls.
Taking around 3 hours, the sessions included the popular'Thinking Differently About Dementia' training in addition to looking at environmental factors (inside and out), sensory impairment, depth perception, inactivity, muscle loss and increased frailty, nutrition and dehydration and taking calculated risks to reduce inactivity.
A further highlight of the training was the 'Nature Camera Exercise', where delegates are invited to close their eyes while indoors and take into consideration what their other senses are picking up and to think about what it feels like to be inside. The same exercise is then repeated outdoors. Without fail, everyone said it felt so much better to be outside - less oppressive and more freeing. It proved to be a powerful discussion point as they examined what it might feel like for people who are often indoors for days, weeks or months on end.
The training has an emphasis on taking calculated risks to allow people to do tasks that feel meaningful and enjoyable. Tasks don't have to have an end goal, so long as they feel purposeful to the person doing them. One such illustration used in the training is the true story of a man who's 'job' as a child at home was to clean the family's shoes. At the care home he was always putting his boots on the table and no one knew why. When they discovered he cleaned shoes as a boy they encouraged him to clean his boots and discovered he found real joy in it, smiling and whistling while he did it. Now he cleans the shoes of the other residents in the care home and it has proved a real source of enjoyment for him.
On completion of the training each delegate goes away with a 3-point action plan to implement in their care homes.
Dementia Adventure Project Leader, Debbie Anderson said, "We were able to discuss how important it is for all staff members to make the most of every interaction with residents, to make these interactions meaningful. Everyone can make more of their environment or a particular situation with a bit of consideration and understanding. These sessions will help to keep residents more active, both physically and mentally. Tasks don't have to have an end goal but the activity does need to be purposeful for the person living with dementia - something that makes them feel good while they're doing it and has meaning for them."
Anyone interested in the 'Thinking Differently about Dementia Non Clinical Falls Prevention' training or any of the other training services Dementia Adventure can provide, should visit www.dementiaadventure.co.uk/training-and-support for further information or contact Simon Thorp on 01245 237548