Placing individuals at the heart of care with tailored courses from Age UK Training

With people living for longer than ever before, the ageing population is one of the fastest growing demographic groups in the country. There are currently over 15.5million people aged 60+ living in the UK and of these 1.4 million are over 85 years old. These figures are rapidly rising, so much so that the number of people over 85 in the UK is predicted to double in the next 20 years and nearly treble in the next 30.

These growing numbers bring with them new challenges, particularly when it comes to health as the risk of living with long-term conditions, such as dementia, increases with age. In the UK today there are around 800,000 people aged over 65 with dementia, a figure which is likely to double by 2050. Demonstrating the scope of the challenge, Dementia currently costs the economy an estimated £23 billion a year.

As the UK’s leading charity for older people, Age UK believes everyone should be able to enjoy later life. Age UK understands that compassionate, competent care is crucial, not only for those who require support, but also for those working within the industry. That’s why the training arm, Age UK Training, has extended its range of exclusive courses helping to meet workforce development needs on topics linked with ageing, including a ground-breaking new dementia related training programme called Remember Me.

Designed to encourage better support and understanding amongst social and health care practitioners who support older people with dementia, Remember Me uses real case studies and practical learning modules to place participants in the shoes of the person living with dementia, providing valuable insight into the challenges they face and first-hand experience of what it may feel like.

Nyree Guider, national manager at Age UK Training said: “With the number of people living with dementia predicted to rise, we recognise the need for better support to improve the quality of life for both older people living with dementia and those caring for them. Remember Me offers a deeper understanding of what it is like for people living with dementia, aiming to highlight specific needs and requirements. Our trainers are experts in their field with the experience and teaching skills to engage practitioners and inspire new ways of thinking.”

Delivered by Age UK’s expert trainers, who draw upon years of frontline experience, the programme places individuals at the heart of the training. Reflecting this person centred approach, participants are taught via five Foundation modules, covering topics such as effective communication, emotional well-being and daily living assistance, which highlight how professionals can best possible support older people in their care.

“It reminds care practitioners of the importance of treating people with dementia as human beings, respecting their human rights, and viewing them as individuals, each with their own unique identities and specific needs and requirements.” Care Home Supervisor, North Wales

Training can also be tailored to include Age UK’s powerful Sense of Ageing programme, a unique module designed to help care workers understand the way physical ageing impacts on everyday life. Developed with gerontologists, the course uses an interactive workshop that provides participants with the chance to experience the physical effects of ageing and sensory impairment. Stimulated by using special equipment, users get a first-hand experience of what it’s like when vision, hearing, touch, dexterity and communication skills decline.

As a national training provider, Age UK Training has offered training and consultancy across the UK for over 60 years. Including in-house, apprenticeships and e-learning approaches, it reaches over 10,000 people each year, with a range of training topics that reflect Age UK’s expertise, innovation, creativity and vision for those in later life.

All courses have been designed to shape best practice, enhance staff performance, increase career development opportunities, and attract and retain valuable staff. Age UK Training customises it courses in line with business needs, ensuring that they are treated to suit the needs of organisations where individuals or a few staff are looking for specialist development in a subject area.

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