Dementia Pathway

Why Specialise?

Dementia is a term that is used to describe a collection of symptoms including memory loss, problems with reasoning and communication skills, and a reduction in a person's abilities and skills in carrying out daily activities such as washing, dressing and cooking.

The most common types of dementia are: Alzheimer's disease, Vascular dementia, Fronto-temporal dementia and Dementia with Lewy bodies.

Dementia is a progressive condition, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse. This progression will vary from person to person and each will experience dementia in a different way – people may often have some of the same general symptoms, but the degree to which they affect an individual will vary.

Statistics regarding Dementia

 

  • People with dementia in the UK.
  • There are over 16,000 younger people with dementia in the UK.
  • There are over 11,500 people with dementia from black and minority ethnic groups in the UK.
  • There will be over a million people with dementia by 2021.
  • Two thirds of people with dementia are women.
  • The proportion of people with dementia doubles for every 5 year age group.
  • One third of people over 95 have dementia.
  • 60,000 deaths a year are directly attributable to dementia.
  • Delaying the onset of dementia by 5 years would reduce deaths directly attributable to dementia by 30,000 a year.
  • The financial cost of dementia to the UK is over £20 billion a year.
  • Family carers of people with dementia save the UK over £6 billion a year.
  • 64% of people living in care homes have a form of dementia.
  • Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community while one third live in a care home
  • Only 40% of people with dementia recieve a diagnosis
  • There are approximately 400,000 people who are undiagnosed with dementia

The Role

Complexities of Dementia require specific ways of working to ensure the treatment and care of people with dementia are provided appropriately

 Duties can vary but generally include;

  • Assisiting and enabling with personal care
  • Taking food and refreshment
  • providing interesting activities to stimulate and engage the person wh uses services
  • Monitoring the condition of the people who use services 
  • Working with colleagues to ensure appropriate care

Suggested Units;

Unit No

Unit Title 

Level 

Credits

Mandatory 

   
 
Introduction to communication in health, social care or children’s
and young people’s settings
2 3
 
Introduction to personal development in health, social care or
children’s and young people’s settings
2 3
 
Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or
children’s and young people’s settings
2 2
 
Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s
and young people’s settings
2 1
 
Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social
care
2 3
  The role of the health and social care worker 2 3
  Implement person centred approaches in health and social care 2 5
  Contribute to health and safety in health and social care 2 4
  Handle information in health and social care settings 2 1

Group B

Sub total

24

  Dementia Awareness 2 4
Group C    
 
Understand and implement a person centred approach to the
care and support of individuals with dementia
2 3
 
Understand and enable interaction and communication with
individuals with dementia
2 3
Suggested Optional    
  Support individuals to eat and drink 2 2
  Support individuals to meet personal care needs 2 2
  Provide support for mobility 2 2
  Support independence in the tasks of daily living 2 5
  Work in partnership with families to support individuals 3 4
    Sub Total  21
 

 Credit Value Total          47         

 

Awarding body: Edexcel
Length of award: 6 - 18 months
Price: £1000.00
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