Quality of life is important for dementia care workers and their patients. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star
Quality of life is important for dementia care workers and their patients. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

People with dementia to benefit from upcoming training program

DEMENTIA training for aged care workers will begin in Kyogle next month to improve quality of life for people with dementia and prepare for an increase in cases.

There is an estimated 1328 people living with dementia in the Kyogle district and this is expected to more than double to over 3000 by 2050.

Support for care workers

The training will be run by HammondCare at The Whiddon Group's Kyogle residential home.

Whiddon general manager of Residential Care Sally Renshaw said it was vital regional aged care staff had access to training in dementia-specific skills.

"It is important ... that we are able to equip our staff with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to care for our residents and clients," she said.

"Dementia care is specialised and when delivered well, ensures great care outcomes for our residents, clients and their families."

Quality of life

The HammondCare Dementia Care Essentials training program has helped about 10,000 aged care workers across NSW and the ACT develop their knowledge and skills in the role of caring for people living with dementia.

The Head of HammondCare College, Natalie Duggan, said she was keen to work with an organisation that shared their values, such as the Whiddon Group.

"We are passionate about improving quality of life for people with dementia," she said.

"Our educators come away from courses like this ... knowing that the dementia-specific knowledge and skills imparted can make a real difference in someone's quality of life."

Dementia Care Essentials Certificate IV will be held at The Whiddon Group Kyogle on Summerland Way on February 1, 8 and 15.

The training is provided free of charge to eligible aged care workers.



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