Healthcare staff get insight into dementia
A total of 20 healthcare workers have passed an advanced course in dementia care.
The course was organised by Yana Swainson, owner of Bermuda In Home Care, who invited Bernice Perzel, a dementia care training specialist from the American-based National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, to run the training session.
Ms Swainson said: “Dementia is a very difficult disease and requires skilled caregivers to care for those affected with the disease.
“Dementia is a disease that steals someone’s life from underneath them. Can you imagine losing all memories of your life and not recognising your loved ones?”
Ms Swainson, a home healthcare co-ordinator who specialises in wound and dementia care, added the training was needed to help caregivers understand the disease.
She added: “Recently, we have been inundated with phone calls for dementia care.
“We, as caregivers, needed to step into the world of a dementia patient to understand the way their brain works.
“This is exactly what this training was about.”
The seven-hour training for the caregivers, 18 of whom work for Bermuda In Home Care, was held over two days in September.
Ms Swainson explained: “The training involved interactive role-play and activities that let us see into the world of someone with dementia.”
It also included different techniques on how to provide care if a patient becomes combative.
All 20 participants who completed the training and passed the exam were presented with certificates and pins during a ceremony on Saturday.
Ms Swainson said they will have to renew their certification every two years through “continuous education”.
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