How to study this course

Please note that if you are in need of medical advice or support regarding specific instances or personal experiences of dementia, you should contact your GP. This course is for general, educational discussion only.

You can, however, find some useful guidance and information on the NHS Choices website.

This course is aimed at health professionals who work with people with dementia, and also people who may not have a health background, but may have life experience of dementia, through family or friends.

The first week will give you background information on dementia and how ‘person-centred care’ may help manage some of the behaviours that challenge in dementia. You will be introduced to the case study, which will be used to identify potential difficulties and solutions for people with dementia and their carers.

In the second week of the course building on the case study of Peter we look specifically at how a holistic assessment can help carers work with wandering and eating problems behaviours which are often difficult for carers.

In Week 3 we move our focus to the problems of communication and dementia. We introduce the concept of ‘De-escalation’ and through the case study we look at how de-escalation can help address challenging situations.

Before you start

If you haven’t done so already, please fill out our pre-course survey.

If this is your first FutureLearn course, you may find it helpful to browse the How it Works and FAQ pages before moving on.

Prove what you’ve learned with a certificate

If you want a record of your course, you can buy a Certificate of Achievement from FutureLearn.

Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement is a great way to prove what you have learned on the course and as evidence of your Continuing Professional Development. This is a personalised certificate and transcript, detailing the syllabus and learning outcomes from the course. It comes as a printed certificate as well as a digital version which you can add to your LinkedIn profile. To qualify, you must have marked at least 90% of the steps in the course complete.

There is also the option to purchase a personalised Statement of Participation, to celebrate taking part. To be eligible for the Statement of Participation, you must mark at least 50% of the steps on the course as complete. This also comes in a printed and digital format and you can add it to your LinkedIn profile.

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Dementia: Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour

University of Birmingham