Although our loved ones with dementia are not able to recall, interpret or express ideas regarding their experiences, they are still having experiences. Their experiences will be causing them pain and relief, happiness and sadness, fear and anger—just like ours cause us.
Understanding the emotional needs caused by dementia is at the core of DAWN dementia training. When people are supported emotionally, they are more at ease and there is less conflict between those experiencing dementia and their caregivers.
The DAWN HomeCare dementia training course is designed for you and your family—to give you and everyone on your care team an understanding of how to provide strength-based Alzheimer’s / dementia care at home. When everyone uses the same techniques, and gains an understanding of the skills kept despite dementia, wellbeing is enhanced for your loved one and for everyone else as well.
Emotional needs caused by Alzheimer’s disease/dementia
Why is she hiding things from me? Why won’t he cooperate?
Dementia causes fear, embarrassment and frustration. Imagine walking to the parking lot and not remembering which car you drove … imagine meeting someone on the street who seems to know you but you have no idea who they are. Wouldn’t you begin to withdraw? Wouldn’t you be afraid?
If we understand the emotions caused by dementia, and the skills that are not lost, we will be able to provide more empathetic and effective support to our loved ones.
This dementia training course is divided into eight lessons, each including a number of 10–20 minute videos (the paid version of this course includes a total of 36 videos; the Free Trial includes 5 videos), which will introduce you to strength-based dementia care. Each video covers one concept or technique, in simple terms with real life examples, drawn from Judy Cornish’s experience with her clients at DAWN. The lessons are cumulative, building on one another.
Through watching the videos in all eight lessons, you and your care team will have a full understanding of the emotional needs caused by dementia, as well as the tools and techniques of the DAWN Method.
Dementia training begins with understanding the skills not lost
It’s helpful to look at dementia from the perspective of the changes in a person’s functioning, rather than as a disease and symptoms. When we do this, their behaviors make sense and are manageable instead of unexpected.
The FREE TRIAL version of the DAWN HomeCare Dementia Training for Families includes the following topics: 1.1—Dementia Care Intro, 1.5—Why Person-Centered Care Works, 3.2—How We Communicate Matters Most, 7.1—Please Hear Me With Your Heart and 8.3—Keeping the Love Alive. For all topics, please purchase a 12-month group membership (subscription).
Learn how to:
- Spot the warning signs of dementia
- Understand why the new person-centered care is so effective
- Manage interactions so that your loved one can stay relaxed and enjoy the present
- Capitalize on the thinking skills your loved one will not lose
- Maximize your loved one’s level of functioning
In Lesson 1, Judy explains how dementia becomes so much easier to understand and live with when we stop trying to make sense of it from a medical perspective, and instead approach it as a condition that changes functioning—seeing not just what our loved ones become unable to do, but also the very valuable skills they retain.
Judy explains how not all our cognitive skills are lost to dementia. She details the rational thinking skills we lose and the intuitive thinking skills we retain; she explores how losing memory takes away the ability to visit the past but enhances our experience of the present; and describes how we lose the ability to direct and manage our attention, while other valuable skills are heightened.
Please watch this complimentary video, “Is it Dementia or Normal Aging?” from Lesson 1:
DAWN HomeCare online dementia course enhances companionship
Lessons 2 through 8 cover the seven emotional needs caused by dementia and the DAWN tools and techniques that address them.
The DAWN Method equips families to provide strength-based Alzheimer’s and dementia care at home. These practical tools and techniques will help your loved one feel happier and more comfortable so that you can postpone the expense of long-term care.
Judy Cornish, creator of the DAWN Method, is the author of Dementia With Dignity: Living Well with Alzheimer’s or Dementia Using the DAWN Method and The Dementia Handbook—How to Provide Dementia Care at Home as well as founder of the Dementia & Alzheimer’s Wellbeing Network® (DAWN). She is also a geriatric care manager and elder law attorney, member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the American Society on Aging (ASA).
Paid Course Details
- Family subscription for up to 6 people with separate logins
- You as the subscriber become the team leader
- Team leader designates up to five additional family and caregivers as teammates
- Team leader can add or replace team members as needed
We’ve designed this course as a team subscription (for a group of up to 6 family members/caregivers) so that you can share the classes with each caregiver and family member in your loved one’s life.
Once you have purchased a DAWN HomeCare group membership, you will be able to add/invite family members and/or caregivers with their individual email addresses. If you have a change in caregivers, you may delete a caregiver from your account and add a new one as needed. Each person will have their own login and be able to complete the course at their own pace.
Dementia Care Training for Institutions and Organizations
A bulk version of this product with group tracking meant for institutions/organizations is now available. Please visit our Dementia Certification for Agencies page to learn about the DAWN Partner program.