Diploma in Dementia Care


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Diploma in Dementia Care

Why Oxford Learning College


Caring for a baby, child or person is demanding. Looking after someone with Dementia is as demanding, with additional skills and thought needed. It is important to maintain self-worth and a failing identity of the person. Dementia is a group of diseases that affect and cause disorders of the brain. The associated principles and practices of Dementia Care will be covered as a holistic subject. The course is intended for those interested in or already caring for people suffering from Dementia in either a domestic or professional environment. The major aspects of the disease, Dementia, including the biological causes of the disease, the signs and symptoms, disease progression, relative mediation, palliative care and recognised therapies, including pharmaceutical drug therapy in primary and secondary care will be explored. There is a specialist unit, Understanding Alzheimer’s disease which will provide students with an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the most common form of Dementia. There will also be study of a wide range of factors which influence service provision and legislation, including diagnosis and treatment, social inclusion, discrimination and care standards. The services and agencies discussed will be UK based


Course Content

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology


In any form of dementia there are physical changes within the brain, and it is thought that these degenerative changes lead to the progressive deterioration in loss of cognitive function throughout the body. The changes are complex and difficult to diagnose and have implications for other body systems. This unit explores the biological causes of Dementia by looking at the anatomy of the brain and the central Nervous system, CNS and the associated peripheral nervous system, PNS, in order to gain an overview and function of the different parts. The physiological overview of disease progression is detailed to identify patterns and symptoms of Dementia. How messages are passed throughout the body in response to changes in the internal and external environment, and how communication is thus affected in Dementia is addressed. The most common types of diseases within the Dementia group e.g. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are explored briefly.


Unit 2: Understanding Dementia


Dementia is an umbrella term for many different types of illnesses affecting the brain. Plato linked it to old age. It was considered a mental illness which are not always permanently progressive and some reversible, for example brain injury or symptoms arising after a Stroke, and so some physical illnesses may be treatable. The way the various types and each types affects people is diverse. It affects coordination, emotions, characters, behaviours, personality, loss of memory and therefore ability to do everyday functions. It also has a huge impact on carers and family. This unit covers it various forms, history, Signs and Symptoms – including the 3 Stages, early onset, ethical considerations and family inclusion and support. As people live longer and there is already a crisis in terms of care, the future of Dementia is discussed. It is important that the Dementia patient is at the centre of their care plan, and how to do this is explored.


Unit 3: Specialist unit: Understanding Alzheimer’s


Although Alzheimer’s is often the focus of media attention and the perception is that it is a natural condition of ageing, this is not the case and the perceived rise in those suffering from Alzheimer’s can be directly related to increase in life expectancy, better healthcare and more awareness of the symptoms of the disease. Genetics, environmental factors, alcohol and smoking also impact on the disease. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of Dementia and probably the most well-known form of the disease, this unit will provide a detailed understanding of what Alzheimer’s disease is, what the symptoms are, how to care for people who suffer from the condition. Although there is no recognized treatment, medications and non-medicines to alleviate some symptoms and contain some forms of Dementia are covered.


Unit 4: The role of a care worker


There is a range of services and people who look after Dementia patients from Doctors to carers to family. Those suffering from dementia are unlikely to have an early diagnosis and are normally cared for at home during the early stages of the disease. Informal care by relatives, family members and those in support networks is discussed. The burden of care such as who will look after the finances, care and assets, support and services available for carers e.g. carer allowance, and respite issues are covered. This unit will look at what it is to be a care provider for someone suffering from Dementia. It will look at the role of a care worker in both the Primary and Secondary care environments, including the person specification for roles, how care needs are met and issues such as training and understanding of


dementia. The unit will explore professionalism, codes of practice, organising a care plan and the principles of care.


Unit 5: Good Practice


Good practice should be common place, yet there have been failures in the way care is offered and in recognising if a patient is suffering abuse. Actual case studies are included to provide training in identifying good and poor practice. It is essential that independence and quality of life is maintained and how to do this in e.g. a care home is shown. The person centred care approach and how to form a care plan is discussed. Current protocols and guidelines, especially to limit bad practice and abuse is explored. Integrated within this will be a discussion of current relevant legislation and the role of voluntary organizations in promotion of good practice.


Unit 6: Interpretation and Communication


Effective communication is to key to any successful relationship. As dementia progresses and loss of cognitive and physical functioning is lost, care needs change. Communication starts to be reduced, even lost so new forms of communicating and patience in understanding these new “languages” is essential. Associated with these changes are issues of frustration at memory and function loss, personality changes or perhaps aggressive behaviour and a range of additional possible mental health problems which include depression. Techniques and methods of communicating with Dementia sufferers verbally and using alternative mediums such as pictures books will be practiced through real scenarios. Withdrawal and non-communication are addressed through learning new skills such as repetition, identifying the use of body languages and eyes, especially for Dysphasia sufferers (loss of speech e.g. through a stroke).


Unit 7: Practical Help


Memory loss can cause a loss in failure of a person being unable to take care of themself. Much of the care needs of dementia patients/clients are physical needs such as being reminded and helped with bathing, dressing and even eating to stay healthy or stopped from over-eating when they forget they already ate. The required assistance includes helping with personal hygiene, dressing, grooming and toilet needs, nutritional requirements, exercise and how to deal with sleep disturbance. Essential is helping with the maintenance of dignity, retention of patient/client control through empowerment and respect of individual’s rights. Activities will help the learner reflect on the types of challenges that might be faced, for example lack of appropriate equipment, staff shortages in residential settings and the reductionist approach within secondary care.


Unit 8: Managing challenging behaviour


The abuse of people with Dementia and the carer looking after a person who is difficult due to their disease is topical. Dementia can present certain behaviours in patients and how to effectively manage challenging behaviour such as aggression, wandering, accusations, repetition, shouting and depression are covered in depth. It is necessary to learn to understand the behaviours in order to support the patient e.g. using tried and tested techniques such as methods of distraction, reassurance and repetition or even walking away. Risk assessment and risk management of people suffering from dementia and carers involves care planning and continuous reassessment of needs being discussed. Both parties need to be supported, cared for and any abuse prevented.


Unit 9: Palliative care


No matter what the illness and its difficulty, dignity in death is as important as respect in life. Dementia once diagnosed is progressive and as sufferers lose functionality they become more prone to serious illnesses such as pneumonia. Ultimately the condition will prove fatal to most sufferers as their ability to deal with serious infections and changing physical abilities diminishes. Care needs to be given to the patient, but thought must be given to all those affected, spouses, family and friends. The issues surrounding anticipatory grief for families of sufferers during this period of the disease is briefly addressed through case studies. A basic knowledge of what palliative care is and why dementia sufferers could require it. The issues that are covered include death at home and Hospice care. How to provide comfort dignity and empathy is discussed. The grieving process and effect on the family is addressed. Clear guidelines and protocols for managing death in a care context and providing dignity in palliative care exist, and these are discussed.


Unit 10: Medication & Treatment


Dementia is essential caused by the death of Brain and Nerve cells. Initially dementia can be managed by a variety of medication and therapies that reduce such damage. As understanding of the condition improves and new medications are developed this management has greater efficacy and effectiveness. However each person is affected in a unique way and so no ‘one size fits all’ approach will work. This unit will look at the pharmacology related to the treatment and management of dementia and the issues with non-compliance in patients. The potential medical procedures, common complications, cost and future treatments of Dementia will be explored. The unit will conclude with a brief summary of the Dementia Care course.

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Dementia Care

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

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Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

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What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

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Overall rating 5 out of 5 based on 2 student reviews

I decided to undertake this course as my Mother In Law has Dementia and I wanted to learn more about it and how I respond to her and help not only her but myself and other members of the family to understand Dementia - this course was brilliant; it answered all of my questions and more and I feel very pleased to have passed this exam and with distinction. The course covered everything and I especially liked the units of how to Understand Dementia and the Role of the care worker which is very important to me and my family so that I know the residential dementia home she has gone too are doing things right for all the dementia patients that are there. This course was very informative and I thought the units were set out just right for me to be able to understand and I think the information on the research was excellent with the different websites.

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Fantastic course useful supportalways knew someone was available learnt a huge amount reponse to course work very prompt highly recommend to anyone

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