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This unit must be assessed in accordance with Skills for Care and Development’s assessment principles.
Understand the neurology of dementia.
Describe a range of causes of dementia syndrome.
Describe the types of memory impairment commonly experienced by individuals with dementia.
Explain the way that individuals process information with reference to the abilities and limitations of individuals with dementia.
Explain how other factors can cause changes in an individual’s condition that may not be attributable to dementia.
Explain why the abilities and needs of an individual with dementia may fluctuate.
Understand the impact of recognition and diagnosis of dementia.
Describe the impact of early diagnosis and follow up to diagnosis.
Explain the importance of recording possible signs or symptoms of dementia in an individual in line with agreed ways of working.
Explain the process of reporting possible signs of dementia within agreed ways of working.
Describe the possible impact of receiving a diagnosis of dementia on
• the individual
• their family and friends.
Understand how dementia care must be underpinned by a person centred approach.
Compare a person centred and a non-person centred approach to dementia care.
Describe a range of different techniques that can be used to meet the fluctuating abilities and needs of the individual with dementia.
Describe how myths and stereotypes related to dementia may affect the individual and their carers.
Describe ways in which individuals and carers can be supported to overcome their fears.