Son of local care home resident launches unique training programme at Encore Care Homes
Encore Care Homes has added a new module to its successful ‘Mind the Gap’ dementia training programme, which was launched last year across the care homes it manages in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Fareham.
The new module, which is called ‘The Lived Experience’, will be led by Andy Babbage from September 2019. Andy’s mother has dementia and lives at Fairmile Grange care home in Christchurch, which is managed by Encore. This complimentary training will be available to both staff members at Encore, as well as the family members of residents across all three homes.
During the workshop given by Andy, attendees will learn the importance of understanding what a resident was like before they were diagnosed with dementia, and why it is essential to continue to interact with each individual in a way that they are comfortable and familiar with.
The national learning disabilities charity, Hft, has been awarded Centre of Excellence status in recognition of its exemplary training provision by Skills for Care.
Hft is only the third charity to receive the accolade and one of just 24 organisations to have the bespoke quality mark which is awarded to the providers with the best learning and development programmes within the adult social care sector.
Since 2016 Hft has been accredited as an endorsed provider in recognition of the significant difference training makes, both to the learner and the people being supported. This has now been superseded by the Centre of Excellence status awarded for going above and beyond with training provision. This required providing robust evidence of the charity’s innovative and continually evolving approach to the delivery of learning opportunities to ensure the needs of learners are met.
The examples cited by Hft included:
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