A new free experiential training package developed by Dementia Australia and funded by the Department of Social Services Aged Care Services Improvement and Health Ageing Grants Program was released today.

Caring for a person with dementia in a hospital setting has unique challenges. The training package, ‘Hospital Dementia Experience’ aims to assist hospital and Multi-Purpose Service staff to deliver the best quality care possible for people living with dementia.

Executive Director of Client Services for Dementia Australia, Susan McCarthy, said, ‘it has been developed to increase understanding and empathy towards people living with dementia during times when they are admitted into hospital’.

The package uses simulation and debriefing exercises, and focuses on ‘person-centred’ care and understanding of behavioural responses. It aims to assist practitioners to adopt a more sensitive, informed and considered practice, leading to a better experience for all involved. The package has been tested through pilot workshops with educators from across Local Health Districts in New South Wales.

A reference group was established to assist in the development of the training package and included consumers, dementia care specialists and members from the NSW Health Education and Training Institute and the Agency for Clinical Innovation.

More information regarding the release can be found here: agedcareguide.com.au   

The package is available to download now for free for educators from hospital or MPS sites across Australia at the Dementia Australia website here: www.dementia.org.au/resources/insights-into-the-hospital-dementia-experience-workshop