In-house Workshops

What's Love Got to Do with It? Intimacy in older people's care - One day workshop
Often we don't know what to do with people who experience the reality of later stage dementia. We need to refocus our care culture to learning how to BE with people in the reality of later stage dementia. Attachment and touch are important in meeting the emotional needs of people who are unable to communicate. This workshop will enable and empower you to connect with people using non-verbal techniques to create safety, security and connection. As feeling beings we crave attachment and belonging. By understanding the principles of attachment and touch this will promote an improved relationship where feelings matter most.

The Heart of Dementia Care - Connecting with People in the Later Stages of Dementia - One day workshop
Respecting people’s needs for closeness, relationships, intimacy and sexual expression is central to supporting a person’s identity. There is an overwhelming risk aversion in the social and care sector when it comes to intimacy, sexuality and dementia. The desire to protect and safeguard against harm is being experienced as a deprivation of closeness, love and sexual identity. This is not the purpose of safeguarding. This workshop will enable you to understand the balance of safeguarding, deprivation of liberty and the need for intimacy, love and in some cases sex! We need to shift our culture and thinking where we label people's emotional and sexual needs as 'problems' rather than embracing this as an essential part of identity and wellbeing.

Being a Butterfly® - Benefit from developing staff who will transfer skills into team action that not only changes themselves but care cultures too - Eight day programme
Training that places the central focus of learning on improved self-awareness, practical skills and being action based as the route to being person centred. This eight day programme aims to develop emotional intelligence; focuses on developing specialist skills and through coaching and direct implementation changes people's quality of life. DETAILS

The Role of Touch in Dementia Care - Feel confident to fully understand the role touch plays in shaping people's lived experience of care  
Learn about how/when to use: expressive touch, touch with repetitive expressions, touch in later stage dementia care, congruent touch, comforting touch, intuitive touch, placing touch in the context of consent.   "The Being in touch day was emotional & inspiring and felt like the glue that brought all the staff’s strengths together. The lively colourful butterfly type carers create an atmosphere of fun and laughter but I felt sad for the quiet caring & compassionate staff  who I had a feeling felt less ‘valued’ and ‘inadequate’ for not being as confident – the Being in touch reinforced that compassion and just ‘being with’ people and ‘touching, hugging and holding’ has powerful emotional effects and that they too have a significant role to play in the team to ensure the people we care for have all their emotional needs met & that they feel love and comfort as well as fun and laughter happy for you to change anything."   Lesley Hobbs, Home Manager, Brunelcare, Deerhurst, Bristol.

Assessment Matters - Develop best practice for care managers and social workers
Specifically designed for professionals responsible for undertaking comprehensive assessments. This 2 day workshop looks at the implementation of holistic dementia care to their specific roles as assessors/commissioners of services and their role in supporting community based and care home staff.

Being person centred with older people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender  
Develop greater awareness of the particular needs of older gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people and the responsibilities of service providers under the Equality Act 2010.

Merging the Best Matters. Join our worlds together: Develop an understanding of people experiencing a learning disability and dementia 
Increase the confidence and skills of staff working alongside people with learning disability and dementia. Join best practice from the two worlds of learning disability and dementia care.

Auditing Skills: Enabling Quality of Life, an evaluation tool. Benefit from developing a way to understand and evaluate the lived experience of people in your care setting -  Two day programme, optional third day
Trains staff on how to undertake qualitative observations. Gives staff direct experience using the Enabling tool and in comparing their findings. Helps staff structure their reports, how to give colleagues feedback and enables staff to write action plans that will work to improve quality of life.

Becoming a Butterfly - Benefit from introducing a way for staff to increases their positive social interactions with people - One day programme 
Gives staff lots of ideas how to connect and occupy people. Provides staff with the opportunity to practice during the workshop the butterfly approach directly in lounges and dining rooms. Increases staff confidence with practical ideas on how to change the moment.

Teamwork Matters in Being Person Centred - Benefit from working together as a team in being person centred with one another - Two day programme
Focuses on the application of person centred principles to oneself as an individual. Looks at how to join up the personal and the professional. Considers how to create person centred staff teams who apply this philosophy with one another first.

Improving Well-being - Benefit from focusing the team on how enhancing well being is the key to person centred care - Two day programme 
Creates inspirational ways to improve well being. Considers how to assess a person's well being and ill being. Explores ways to increase well being and decrease ill being.

Learning the Language of Dementia - Benefit from knowing how to interpret the meaning in people's communication - One day programme 
Demonstrates how connecting to people is central to being person centred. Provides insight to the meaning behind people's words and into the expression of feelings which lead to behaviour. Gives staff skills in feelings based communication and supporting people's different realities.

Sexuality, Intimacy & Relationships - Benefit from learning how to support people's expression and need for closeness - One day programme
Helps staff to explore their own attitudes to sexuality as personal influences are key to unlocking feelings about sexuality and dementia. Looks at how the experience of a dementia affects this key area of people's lives. Provides skills in opening up the subject with people living with a dementia, their families and within staff teams. Highlights the need for a clear policy and takes staff through best practice approaches.

Later Stage Dementia Care - Benefit from developing this specialism within dementia care - One day programme 
Emphasises that meeting these needs is critical within person centred care and requires a specialist approach. Helps staff to assess when a person's needs have reached this point. Identifies positive features of a specialist later stage service. Helps staff explore how to practically set up this model of support within their own care service.

Maintaining Momentum Matters - Benefit from having the experience as a team in learning how to recharge efforts and maintain drive in dementia care - One day programme
Many care services have worked hard to develop their skills in being person centred and providing person centred care and support. Provides an opportunity to "take stock" of achievements, be inspired by new learning from other fields and to find ways to maintain momentum.

Nurturing Staff Well-being at Work - Benefit from understanding how person centred care begins with supporting staff with their emotions at work - Two day programme 
Develops confidence to explore with staff and all colleagues their emotions at work. Considers the impact of emotional labour in dementia care. Practises using tools to support person centred staff teams. Aids recruitment, appraisal, supervision and support of staff.

Dementia Care Matters at Home -Benefit from looking at how to support people living in their homes through this model - Two day programme  
Applies the Feelings Matter Most model to people living in their own homes or attending day support services. Provides home care staff and support workers in day services with ways to be person centred.

Please contact Dementia Care Matters to discuss the needs of your organisation and staff.

Telephone: 01273 242335