Dementia Awareness Training

Working in partnership with Birmingham Carers Hub, we deliver FREE specialist Dementia Awareness training sessions specifically for unpaid/family carers of people with memory problems or dementia living in Birmingham.

Every Tuesday our experienced facilitator delivers up to date information to help you in your caring role. Choose from one of six topics which alternate every other week.

See our Dementia Training Timetable for details of upcoming sessions in January to March 2022.

You will learn the facts you need to know about dementia, whilst also gaining valuable, practical carers tips to help you care for your loved one at home and help them to live with dementia, enhancing their quality of life.

Coronavirus Pandemic (updated December 2021)

Please Note – During the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic all face to face sessions remain suspended until further notice. However, we can safely offer awareness sessions via Zoom (video call), see below for details.

Dementia Awareness Training Topics

We have a menu of six different awareness topics, each with a specific focus, which carers can pick and choose from to suit their individual caring journey. You may just want to attend one, or all of them, it is up to you. Each 2 hour session, held on a Tuesday at 9am, 12pm or 3pm, will provide you with information, along with tried and tested carers tips –

1. Understanding Dementia – every other Tuesday, 9am – 11am

This topic will provide you with an insight into dementia and how it may affect an individual. The session will focus on –

  • How our brain works
  • Defining dementia, types of dementia
  • Signs and symptoms of dementia, why dementia is different for everyone
  • Memory
  • Support and help

 

2. Communication and Behaviour – every other Tuesday,12pm – 2pm

In this topic we will discuss how dementia may affect a persons’ communication and behaviour, with tips for dealing with challenging situations. The session will focus on –

  • Communication
  • Keeping the communication going
  • Ways in which behaviour may change
  • Behaviours which may be challenging
  • Top Tips

 

3. Everyday Living – every other Tuesday, 3pm – 5pm 

In this topic we will discuss ways to make everyday living less stressful, including help and support you can access. The session will focus on –

  • Eating and Drinking
  • Personal Care
  • Continence and related issues
  • Safety in the Home
  • Top Tips

 

4. The Impact of Infection – every other Tuesday, 9am – 11am

This topic examines how illness and infection may impact on the health of a person with dementia, providing you with tips on how to recognise infection and when to seek help. The session will focus on –

  • Illness and infection which someone with dementia may be prone to
  • How do I recognise common illnesses or infections?
  • Delirium
  • Action to take, help and support available
  • When admission to hospital is necessary

 

5. Life Planning – every other Tuesday, 12pm – 2pm

In this topic we will discuss how life planning may help with legal, financial, and practical issues as dementia progresses. The session will focus on –

  • Legal and Financial matters
  • Mental capacity
  • Difficult decisions
  • End of Life Care
  • “All About Me”

 

6. Physical  & Mental Wellbeing -every other Tuesday, 3pm-5pm

This topic is all about your health and well-being as a carer, exploring how you can build healthy habits. The session will focus on –

  • Stress and distress
  • Resilience
  • Relationships
  • Staying Healthy
  • Top Tips

BOOKING

We offer dementia awareness training sessions every Tuesday, via Zoom. Each topic will occur every other week.

See the Dementia Training Timetable and call 0121 553 6483, ext. 2330 to find out when a specific session will next be held.

There are up to six spaces available on each Zoom session. To avoid disappointment, please book your place on the session that you wish you attend.

To book your free place, please –

Call – 0121 553 6483, ext. 2330

Email – jean.winkett@sandwellcrossroads.org

Once you have booked your place, you will be sent a Zoom link to access the group (you can join as a participant without creating a Zoom account).

To join a Zoom session you will need a phone, tablet, laptop or computer with access to Wi-Fi. If you have never used Zoom before, please don’t worry. These sessions are very relaxed and informal and support can be given to join if needed

Find out more

To find out more about the Dementia Awareness Training available call 0121 553 6483, ext. 2330.

A greater awareness of dementia and the support available can help you and your family to deal with the everyday challenges that you may face.