A health and social care consultancy group has updated its annual dementia training programme to reflect the coronavirus pandemic and to give care providers a better understanding of the ‘new normal’.
Meaningful Care Matters’ ‘Free to Be Me’ dementia training programme has resumed for 2020, but this time with new, first-hand insights and experiences of caring for those with dementia during lockdown.
The ten-day modular programme, which will run from now until May 2021, will educate leaders in care on how the quality of life for people living with dementia can be positively transformed.
This year’s learning and development course will highlight the challenges care providers are facing during the ongoing pandemic, including access to PPE, social distancing and infection control protocols.
Run by veteran care consultants Luke Tanner and Sally Knocker (pictured), each course is broken down into ten ‘threads’, which aim to empower attendees to be able to create a person-centred approach to care.
Based on Meaningful Care Matters’ renowned Butterfly Approach, the Free to Be Me course values emotional intelligence, domestic household living, and the belief that everyone living with a dementia has a unique story which has meaning and matters.
Knocker said: “Care providers are constantly receiving different directives as to how best to adhere to infection control, PPE, social distancing, and so on. But when we reflect on the key messages of The Butterfly Approach in terms of people’s emotional needs being as important as their physical needs, it becomes clearer to me that creating a sense of friends and family is at the core of preserving quality of life and that is what our Free to Be Me course is all about.”
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Meaningful Care Matters has also been offering free online wellness webinars and therapeutic support to its partners, ensuring they have somewhere to turn to for help and advice if needed.