Dementia Interpreters Course
‘The Language of Dementia’
Have you ever wondered what it would
be like to lose the ability to speak? How could you tell people what you would
like, want or need? Would you find new ways of communicating? Would they
understand what you were trying to tell them? Now add to this that you have
dementia, how debilitating and frustrating would this be?
The dementia interpreter course is
designed to enable delegates to understand how to communicate with people with
dementia and recognise that behaviours are often a way of telling us
something. The word interpreter means ‘Someone whose job is
to change what someone else is saying into another language’ and we recognise
that families, staff or anyone who comes into direct or indirect contact with
people with dementia should have the ability to interpret what the person is
saying and adapt the way that we communicate with them. By understanding this we can then reduce the
frustration that losing the simple ability to talk can cause.
During the course you will be taught about the impact of communication
issues on an individual and a group from not only your perspective but then
from the persons perspective as well. You
will learn new techniques and skills to help understand the simple changes you
need to make to understand the person and gain the skills to decipher new
behaviours and understand what they are saying.
You will be given a 5-point plan to be able to analyze different
behaviours and work out what they are trying to tell you and recognise
different forms of communication.
Part of this course is experiential training and this means we are going
to put you into the same position as the people that we are trying to
communicate with. Some of the delegates
will be staff members who have to communicate with the other delegates that are
people with dementia. You will have the
following abilities progressively removed:
You will also experience taste issues, smells and much, much more.
By having these abilities removed you will have to find new ways of
communicating with the staff member and they will have to find new ways of
communicating with you. You will also
have day to day care procedures happening around you and to you so that you
will understand different implications of negative practice.
Over time and with your help we expect to build a dementia dictionary to
improve the journey of dementia for the person, family, carers alike. But we can only do this by thinking outside
of the box and taking the chance to be put into the same position as the person
and the dementia interpreter course does exactly this.
The Dementia interpreter course is one of the most powerful and life
adjusting course that is available within training today.