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Online course

End-of-Life Care for People with Dementia

Understand the needs of people with dementia, and how to better support them and enhance their wellbeing towards the end of life.

End-of-Life Care for People with Dementia

Find out how to better support people with dementia at the end of life

A range of research has shown that the end-of-life care needs of people with dementia, and their families, are poorly understood and inconsistently addressed.

An awareness of the psychosocial, physical and spiritual needs of the whole person is key to tackling this issue - something that this online course will give you.

You’ll develop the knowledge and understanding that will help you provide better quality support to - and enhance the wellbeing and dignity of - people with dementia towards the end of life. You’ll also learn to better communicate and co-ordinate care with their families.

What topics will you cover?

  • Connecting with others
  • Advance care planning
  • Expressing self
  • Wellbeing at the end of life
  • Nutrition and hydration
  • Symptom management
  • Finding meaning
  • Specialist support
  • Supporting families through grief

When would you like to start?

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Discuss individualised care, taking into account psycho-social, physical and spiritual needs
  • Reflect on how social relationships and communication may be affected in advanced dementia
  • Identify symptoms associated with end of life, including recognising and managing pain in people with dementia
  • Explain the need to find meaning in the life and death of the person with dementia

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at health and social care professionals. You’ll need a basic level of dementia awareness, which you may have gained in a health or social care setting, working with people with dementia, or through caring for a relative, friend or neighbour.

During the course, you’ll be able to discuss your experiences with other learners and learn from theirs. It may also be useful to you to have a friend or colleague with whom you can discuss and reflect on issues that might arise during the course.

What do people say about this course?

I really enjoyed this course and have learned some new things. Again like others have enjoyed hearing from carers who have direct experience and appreciate their honesty. I have already shared the information re different faiths and how we may need to implement this into our practice.

Pauline Skead

This course has been ALL helpful... relatives videos, links, tips on coordinating your loved one´s whole health... physical and emotional... the importance of caregivers health and bereavement... the admiral nurse video... pointing out of the whole address to your dementia affected relative the whole "enchilada"... so enlightening.

Alejandra Brena

Who will you learn with?

Sarah Housden

I'm a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at the University of East Anglia

Who developed the course?

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

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What's included?

  • Learn best practices from experts
  • Learn from the experience of other health professionals
  • Fit learning around your schedule with unlimited access
  • Get evidence of learning outcomes and CPD hours
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
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