Dementia awareness

Dementia awareness is a critical part of providing good quality housing and support to older people. It is important for staff to understand that dementia is not a normal part of ageing. It is vital for them to have skills, knowledge and tools at their disposal to recognise the signs and symptoms of the many types of dementia and feel confident in recording these and referring onto other agencies as appropriate.

Dementia awareness

What will participants learn?

  • The difference between the ageing process and its impact on memory
  • The range of dementias
  • Specific examination of Alzheimer’s
  • Specific reference to Korsakoff’s syndrome: alcohol-related dementia
  • How to work with people with dementia in a positive way
  • Memory aids
  • Tools and techniques
  • How to complement the housing and support role with dementia clinics and other community-based interventions
  • Other key considerations for people with dementia and their carers
  • Physical wellbeing
  • Depression and associated mental ill health.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at staff delivering services to older people including resident and mobile wardens, scheme managers, site officers, neighbourhood housing officers, and support officers and workers.

Dementia awareness

Helena Taylor-Knox

Mental health Helena Taylor-Knox

Helena Taylor-Knox is a Managing Director in her own partnership consultancy specialising in the organisational development arena and consultant with HQN. With over 15 years experience in social and in particular supported housing, she is part of HQN’s consultancy and coaching teams. As a Business and Coaching Psychologist she has a BSc in Behavioural Sciences from Leicester University and a Masters in Mental Health (Organisational Psychology and Psychiatry) from King’s College, London. As well as being Certified to Level seven in both Coaching Psychology and Coaching Supervision. After completing her clinical training in New York, Helena moved to Wiltshire which is now home to her and her business. Helena has also been a Non Executive Director for nine years at the Green Square Group, which she left in 2016 and now sits as a Non Executive Director for Advance Housing.

training track record

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package, please contact us by emailing training@hqnetwork.co.uk