A care consultancy group is rebooting its annual dementia training programme to reflect the coronavirus pandemic and give care providers a better understanding of the ‘new normal’.
Meaningful Care Matters’ ‘Free to Be Me’ dementia course is resuming for 2021 at Brighton’s CityCoast Centre, but this time with new, first-hand insights and experiences of caring for those with dementia during the nation’s lockdowns.
The ten-day modular programme, which will run throughout May 2021 to December 2021, will educate leaders in dementia care on how the quality of life for people living with the condition can be positively transformed.
Following the pandemic, this year’s leaning and development course will highlight the challenges care providers have faced from PPE, infection control protocols, social distancing, social shielding, visitation restrictions of family and friends, and more.
Run by Peter Bewert, Managing Director of Meaningful Care Matters, each course is broken down into ten ‘threads’ which aim to empower attendees to be able to create a truly person-centred approach in their respective homes, where people are free to be themselves.
Bewert 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.”