Virtual classrooms improve dementia education accessibility

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dementia Australia has developed virtual classroom education for aged care workers, to equip staff with strategies and skills to provide quality care for people living with dementia. 

The courses, accessible from anywhere in Australia, are suitable for everyone involved in providing support for people living with dementia in residential aged care and community care. 

The three Virtual Classrooms, ‘Engaging and connecting with people living with dementia through COVID-19’, ‘Supporting behaviour changes during COVID-19 restrictions’ and ‘Understanding dementia’ address the unique challenges related to dementia and COVID-19.  

The online education sessions are interactive and allow active participation. They can be delivered simultaneously to participants in different locations, addressing the challenge of delivering education while maintaining social distancing, isolation or even quarantine.   

Now more than ever, with the lack of family or friend visitors, the role that aged care teams play is even more significant in supporting meaningful engagement for people living with dementia.  

Adapting to COVID-19 restrictions for all of us has been a challenge, particularly so for people living with dementia especially if their usual routine and their ability to connect with others has been impacted. 

A person-centred approach is the focus of all our courses where we encourage staff to get to know the person – to understand their needs, to learn about their dementia, the level of their abilities and to be flexible in their approach. 

Dementia Australia’s Centre for Dementia Learning is a trusted, reliable provider of education and support for the aged care workforce. 

A special launch offer is available until 31 December 2020 – $500 per Virtual Classroom for a group of up to 25 staff that can be delivered anytime from date of booking until 31 December 2020. After the offer closes the cost will be $985 for a group of up to 25. 

For bookings and enquiries click here