Alzheimer’s WA offers a large range of workshops to support your organisation to become dementia experts. Our workshops are tailored to empower your staff with knowledge of best practice person-centred dementia care and support. We can work with you to meet your organisational needs and time frames, and can provide training at your premises or in our own training facility.
From communicating in a person-centred way; to introducing music, art and creativity in dementia care, Alzheimer’s WA will support your organisation to build a dementia friendly team and enable you to position your organisation as a provider of choice for people living with dementia in Western Australia.
Art and Creativity in Dementia Care
Art can provide an alternative language for communication – through images, symbols and colours. This workshop is for anyone working in aged, health or community care services and will help you plan arts-activities for people with dementia.
Communicating in a Person-Centred Way
This training will provide you with a greater understanding of the ways dementia can impact a person’s communication and help you to develop strategies for more effective and personal communication.
Dementia Care Mapping™ Program
This is a unique opportunity to gain certification in Dementia Care Mapping™ (DCM), an observational tool grounded in the philosophy of a person-centred approach. The workshop is targeting key leaders in dementia practice. DCM links directly to providing evidence for accreditation purposes.
Design for Dementia: Care Environments Workshop
This workshop explores the application of 10 evidence-based principles of dementia design across a variety of environments such as hospitals, day clubs and residential aged care facilities. You will also have the opportunity to visit a dementia specialist day club to see these principles in action.
This workshop is built around simulation and personal experience, giving participants a glimpse into the day-to-day experiences of a person living with dementia. Participants will engage in simulations reflecting what it’s like to have dementia so that they can better understand the difficulties (such as visuospatial effects).
Intellectual Disability and Dementia
This specialised workshop addresses the ways of providing support to a person living with both an intellectual disability (such as Down syndrome) and dementia. It is suitable for anyone working in disability services or community care that may need to interact with people with an intellectual disability and dementia.
Meaningful Engagement in Dementia Care
This workshop will explore the importance of engaging meaningfully with people living with dementia by providing them with activities that are purposeful and pleasurable.
Music in Dementia Care
In this workshop, participants will explore music as an effective method of communication, a calming strategy and a reminiscing tool. Music is a valuable tool in caring for people with dementia, as it can be used to prompt special memories of people, places and events.
Positive Dementia Care
This workshop aims to change the way people think about the actions of people with dementia. Rather than thinking of them as “behaviours of concern”, this workshop suggests we start thinking of them as “expressions of experience”.
Reminiscence and Life Stories Workshop
In this workshop, people working in dementia care will be given skills to help them engage in reminiscing and the creation of a life story book with a person with dementia, with help and support from their family and friends.
Rewriting the ‘Behaviour’ Story Workshop
This workshop aims to shift the paradigms from understanding a person’s feelings, thoughts and actions as ‘behaviours of concern’ to understanding them as an expression of experience. This paradigm may help us rewrite the ‘behaviour’ story, to adjust our perceptions and the way we relate to people and ourselves.
Supporting Patients with Cognitive Impairment to Achieve Better Outcomes in Hospital
This one-day interactive workshop aims to give health care staff all the skills and knowledge they need to achieve optimal outcomes for patients with cognitive impairment.
Supporting your Clients Using an Enabling Home Environment
This workshop will provide community staff working with people with dementia with useful information on how to easily adapt home environments to support a person living with dementia.