Dementia Australia is offering two short online courses to frontline aged care staff for free to help them deliver care to people with dementia during the coronavirus pandemic.

The two-hour self-paced courses have been developed by Dementia Australia’s Centre for Dementia Learning.

They cover what dementia is and problem-solving approaches to behaviour to help staff respond to impacts of COVID-19 on aged care recipients including visitor restrictions.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said changes in routine could create uncertainty for people with dementia which sometimes left them feeling distressed, confused and isolated.

Maree McCabe

“We want to support all those who work in aged care as much as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The courses will increase the participants’ understanding of dementia and provide frameworks to help with problem solving,” Ms McCabe said.

“We know that where aged care staff know about the person in their care, understand their stage and form of dementia and are flexible in their approach, the better the outcomes for all.”

Nobuko Fujito, care manager at Salvation Army Macquarie Lodge Aged Care Centre said the courses were having a positive impact on staff.

“They have given us new information to help clients during this time and I would definitely recommend the courses to other organisations.”

The courses are the first two modules of a suite of online courses offered by the Centre for Dementia Learning.

They are available for free online to anyone in the aged care sector who signs up before 30 June 2020.

Use the Promo Code AAA when signing up here.

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