This Regulated Qualification is ideal for anyone wishing to gain knowledge in Dementia Care.
Course Duration: Typically 14 Days
This qualification is eligible for funding.
Compliance and Regulatory Requirements
Name: AoFAQ LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE IN THE PRINCIPLES OF DEMENTIA CARE (RQF)
National Qualification Number: 601/7827/9
Guided Learning Hours: 123 (this qualification requires a minimum of 123 classroom hrs.)
Class size maximum: 12 Learners (1 Trainer)
* No charge is made for Learners who have failed to attain required standard to receive the award.
Unit 1: Dementia Awareness
1. Understand what dementia is.
1.1.Explain what is meant by the term ‘dementia’.
1.2.Describe the key functions of the brain that are affected by dementia.
1.3.Explain why depression, delirium and age-related memory impairment may be mistaken for dementia.
2. Understand key features of the theoretical models of dementia.
2.1.Outline the medical model of dementia.
2.2.Outline the social model of dementia.
2.3.Explain why dementia should be viewed as a disability.
3. Know the most common types of dementia and their causes.
3.1.List the most common causes of dementia.
3.2.Describe the likely signs and symptoms of the most common causes of dementia.
3.3.Outline the risk factors for the most common causes of dementia.
3.4.Identify prevalence rates for different types of dementia.
4. Understand factors relating to an individual’s experience of dementia.
4.1.Describe how different individuals may experience living with dementia depending on age, type of dementia, and level of ability and disability.
4.2.Outline the impact that the attitudes and behaviours of others may have on an individual with deme
Unit 2: Understand and Implement a Person-centred Approach to the Care and Support of Individuals with Dementia
1. Understand the importance of a person-centred approach to dementia care and support.
1.1.Describe what is meant by a ‘person-centred approach’.
1.2.Describe how a person-centred approach enables individuals with dementia to be involved in their own care and support.
2. Be able to involve the individual with dementia in planning and implementing their care and support using a person-centred approach.
2.1.Explain how information about personality and life history can be used to support an individual to live well with dementia.
2.2.Communicate with an individual with dementia using a range of methods that meet individual’s abilities and needs.
2.3.Involve an individual with dementia in identifying and managing risks for their care and support plan.
2.4.Involve an individual with dementia in opportunities that meet their agreed abilities, needs and preferences.
3. Be able to involve carers and others in the care and support of individuals with dementia.
3.1.Explain how to increase a carer’s understanding of dementia and a person-centred approach.
3.2.Demonstrate how to involve carers and others in the support of an individual with dementia.
Unit 3: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Dementia Care Practice
1. Understand and appreciate the importance of diversity of individuals with dementia.
1.1.Explain the importance of recognising that individuals with dementia have unique needs and preferences.
1.2.Describe ways of helping carers and others to understand that an individual with dementia has unique needs and preference.
1.3.Explain how values, beliefs and misunderstandings about dementia can affect attitudes towards individuals
2. Understand the importance of person-centred approaches in the care and support of individuals with dementia.
2.1.Describe how an individual may feel valued, included and able to engage in daily life.
2.2.Describe how individuals with dementia may feel excluded.
2.3.Explain the importance of including the individual in all aspects of their care.
3. Understand ways of working with a range of individuals who have dementia to ensure diverse needs are met.
3.1Describe how the experience of an older individual with dementia may be different from the experience of a younger individual with dementia.
3.1Describe what steps might be taken to gain knowledge and understanding of the needs and preferences of individuals with dementia from different ethnic origins.
3.1Describe what knowledge and understanding would be required to work in a person-centred way with an individual with a learning disability and dementia.
Unit 4: Understand and Enable Interaction and Communication with Individuals with Dementia
1. Be able to communicate with individuals with dementia.
1.1.Describe how memory impairment can affect the ability of an individual with dementia to use verbal language.
1.2.Gather information from others about an individual’s preferred methods of communicating to enhance interaction.
1.3.Use information about the communication abilities and needs of an individual with dementia to enhance interaction.
1.4.Use a person-centred approach to enable an individual to use their communication abilities.
1.5.Demonstrate how interaction is adapted in order to meet the communication needs of an individual with dementia.
2. Be able to apply interaction and communication approaches with individuals in dementia.
2.1.List different techniques that can be used to facilitate positive interactions with an individual with dementia.
2.2.Use an individual’s biography/history to facilitate positive interactions.
2.3.Demonstrate how the identity and uniqueness of an individual has been reinforced by using their preferred methods of interacting and communicating.
Unit 5: Approaches to Enable Rights and Choices for Individuals with Dementia Whilst Minimising Risks
1. Understand key legislation and agreed ways of working that ensure the fulfilment of rights and choices of individuals with dementia while minimising risk of harm.
1.1.Outline key legislation that relates to the fulfilment of rights and choices and the minimising of risk of harm for an individual with dementia.
1.2.Describe how agreed ways of working relate to the rights of an individual with dementia.
1.3.Explain why it is important not to assume that an individual with dementia cannot make their own decisions.
1.4.Explain how the best interests of an individual with dementia must be included when planning and delivering care and support.
1.5.Explain what is meant by providing care and support to an individual with dementia in the least restrictive way.
2. Understand how to maintain the right to privacy, dignity and respect when supporting individuals with dementia.
2.1.Describe how to maintain privacy when providing personal support for intimate care to an individual with dementia.
2.2.Give examples of how to show respect for the physical space of an individual with dementia.
2.3.Give examples of how to show respect for the social or emotional space of an individual with dementia.
2.4.Describe how to use an awareness of the life history and culture of an individual with dementia to maintain their dignity.
2.5.Outline the benefits of knowing about the past and present interests and life skills of an individual with dementia.
3. Be able to support individuals with dementia to achieve their potential.
3.1.Demonstrate how the physical environment may enable an individual with dementia to achieve their potential.
3.2.Demonstrate how the social environment may enable an individual with dementia to achieve their potential.
3.3.Support an individual with dementia to use their abilities during personal care activities.
3.4.Explain how the attitudes of others may enable an individual with dementia to achieve their potential.
4. Be able to work with carers who are caring for individuals with dementia.
4.1.Identify some of the anxieties common to carers of an individual with dementia.
4.2.Outline the legal rights of the carer in relation to an individual with dementia.
4.3.Involve carers in planning support that enables the rights and choices and protects an individual with dementia from harm.
4.4.Describe how the need of carers and others to protect an individual with dementia from harm may prevent the individual from exercising their rights and choices.
4.5.Demonstrate how a carer can be supported to enable an individual with dementia to achieve their potential.
Unit 6: Understand and Meet the Nutritional Requirements of Individuals with Dementia
1. Understand the nutritional needs that are unique to individuals with dementia.
1.1.Describe how cognitive, functional and emotional changes associated with dementia can affect eating, drinking and nutrition.
1.2.Explain how poor nutrition can contribute to an individual’s experience of dementia.
1.3.Outline how other health and emotional conditions may affect the nutritional needs of an individual with dementia.
1.4.Explain the importance of recognising and meeting an individual’s personal and cultural preferences for food and drink.
1.5.Explain why it is important to include a variety of food and drink in the diet of an individual with dementia.
2. Understand the effect that mealtime environments can have on an individual with dementia.
2.1.Describe how mealtime cultures and environments can be a barrier to meeting the nutritional needs of an individual with dementia.
2.2.Describe how mealtime environments and food presentation can be designed to help an individual to eat and drink.
2.3.Describe how a person-centred approach can support an individual, with dementia at different levels of ability, to eat and drink.
3. Be able to support an individual with dementia to enjoy good nutrition.
3.1.Demonstrate how the knowledge of life history of an individual with dementia has been used to provide a diet that meets his/her preferences.
3.2.Demonstrate how meal times for an individual with dementia are planned to support his/her ability to eat and drink.
3.3.Demonstrate how the specific eating and drinking abilities and needs of an individual with dementia have been addressed.
3.4.Demonstrate how a person-centred approach to meeting nutritional requirements has improved the wellbeing of an individual with dementia. of formality of the meeting.
This qualification is assessed by the following means:
- Practical Demonstration/Assignment
- Portfolio of Evidence
Multiple choice questions are used to assess the learners underpinning knowledge. Question papers are available from the compliance department. Please read the instructions carefully.
AoFAQ Centre and Trainer Support Materials
The following is exclusively available from AoFAQ to support the qualification:
- This gives details of all the Learning Outcomes with Assessment Criteria and full requirements for the qualification.
Trainer, Assessor and IQA Requirements
Trainer, Assessor Requirements
Internal Quality Assurers
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