This challenge is best done along with Age Caribbean Consultants, following a staff training program.
Each week for 4 weeks, the staff at the home is asked to watch one of the below videos by US Dementia expert, Teepa Snow, and discuss the questions posted under it. These questions are directly related to the training sessions that have been completed by staff. (These videos are not sufficient on their own to train staff or improve the quality of care homes).
After the 4 weeks are over, an Age Caribbean consultant will speak to management about the next steps.
Week 1: How to Approach Patients with Dementia
Can you state 3 key things to remember when approaching a patient?
Week 2: De-escalating a Crisis
Has there been a dramatic incident or event similar to the one described in your care home?
How was it handled?
How could it have been handled differently?
Week 3: Bathing a patient with Dementia
Did you find the above advice practical?
Are there ways you can change your current approach to bathing patients to make it more comfortable and dignified for both you and your patient?
Week 4: Getting patients to do things
How can staff better engage with patients at your home?
How can staff support each other when trying to engage patients?
Dr James Bratt, Lead Consultant at Age Caribbean and Geriatric Psychicatrist.