2.00pm – 2.30pm: Dementia and distress behaviours
Peter Gathercole, Nurse and Trainer, Endeavour Care Training
The session will discuss how dementia can cause behaviour changes that can be confusing, irritating or difficult for others to deal with, leaving carers, partners and family members feeling stressed, irritable or helpless. By learning to understand the meaning behind the actions, it can be easier to stay calm and deal effectively with the challenges that arise. By showing the ability to understand and read the situation by use of good communication tools and the ability to read body language, you understand and recognise the build up to the distress that the person has, which is causing the behaviour.