This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide person-centred care and support to people living with dementia. It involves following and contributing to an established individual plan.  This unit applies to workers in a residential or community context, including family homes. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and may be carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - provided support to 2 different people living with dementia: using a person-centred approach to support; using appropriate communication strategies, and; assisting in implementing a range of suitable activities that meet the person's needs.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - up to date research on dementia and the different manifestations of dementia; - dementia as a progressive neurological condition, including pathological; - common indicators and symptoms of dementia; - behaviours of concern, needs driven behaviour model and de-escalation procedures; - progression of dementia and potential impact on the person with dementia, their family and significant others; - principles of person-centred approach to support; - relevant activities which enhance self-esteem and pleasure in the person's life, minimise boredom, and distract from or eliminate behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia; - competency and image enhancement as a means of addressing devaluation, and; - verbal and non-verbal communication strategies.

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