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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.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

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.

Learning specifically designed for healthcare professionals

Learn best practice from experts

This course has been specifically designed to support healthcare professionals’ continuing professional development (CPD). It’s ideal for keeping your skills up to date, and demonstrating your progress during appraisals or revalidation.

  • Learn hands-on skills that you can apply to your practice
  • Get up-to-date, unbiased information based on the latest research and best practice
  • Learn from and get your questions answered by expert academics and clinicians

Learn from the experiences of other health professionals

On this course, you’ll have the option to study with a small group of motivated healthcare professionals, meaning your course will count towards your participatory CPD.

  • Get access to a range of healthcare professionals
  • Share and debate your opinions
  • Learn from the diverse experiences of other professionals

Fit learning around your schedule with unlimited access

When you buy this course, you’ll have unlimited access to it for as long as it exists on FutureLearn, enabling you to fit learning around your schedule.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Revisit the material at any time
  • Engage in reflection, helping you apply what you learn in your practice

Get evidence of learning outcomes and CPD hours

Once you complete the course you’ll receive a digital and printed Certificate of Achievement to demonstrate your CPD. The Certificate and accompanying transcript includes:

  • Detailed learning outcomes
  • CPD hours required to complete the course
  • Details of any bodies that accredit or endorse the course
Join - $144


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