Dementia Care 

Kalandra has two NZQA approved Certificates which train Health Care Assistants to provide the highest standard of care and support for clients with Dementia in a home care, residential facility or support organisation environment. 

Both programmes are delivered ONLINE with no time off work required. Students are provided with an individual learning plan and are supported throughout their study by experienced lecturers.

 

Certificate in Mental Health Support (Dementia Care) (Level 4)

a full HCA Level 4, 46-week programme, specialising in Dementia Care. Details below.

Next Intake Date: Monday 17 August 2020 (*subject to numbers)

Enrolment Deadline: Sunday 2 August 2020 (Late Applications will be accepted based on availability of a place)

Tuition Fee: New Zealand Residents or Citizens - No Cost Training (Normal Fee $4,335)

Tuition Fee: International Students on a Work Visa - Contact us for fee information

Certificate in Management of the Dementia Client in a Care Facility (Level 4) 

a 21-week training scheme focusing on Dementia Care. Details below.

Next Intake Date: TBA (*subject to numbers)

Enrolment Deadline: TBA

Tuition Fee: New Zealand Residents or Citizens - No Cost Scholarships 

Tuition Fee: International Students on a Work Visa - Contact us for fee information

 

As a guide some of the issues, practices and skills covered in the two Dementia Care Certificates are:

  • Stages and Types of Dementia: Early warning signs and process for diagnosing dementia. Stages of dementia - Early, Moderate and Advanced. Types of dementia including Alzheimer’s, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, Frontal and Temporal Lobe Dementia. 
  • Communication and Vulnerability: Understand the impact on a person’s actions and ability to communicate, and increased risk from vulnerability, abuse and neglect. 
  • Professional Practices: Safe and ethical professional practices. How to identify triggers, manage behaviours and access support services available. 
  • Person-centred Care: Understand and respect cultural backgrounds. Provide person-centred care to support a person through the different stages of dementia progression.

Programme / Training Scheme Purpose

Improvements in medical care and lifestyles means people are living longer and the fastest growing demographic internationally is 65 and over. With longer life spans there are also increasing numbers being diagnosed with dementia and that number is expected to triple in the next 35 years. The primary purpose of these two Health Care Support programmes is to meet the increased demand for dementia-qualified Health Care Assistants who understand the progression and effects of dementia and can provide optimal care and attention which enhances the client’s daily living experience or health outcome. 

The purpose of the Certificate in Mental Health Support (Dementia Care) (Level 4) is to provide Aged Care or Dementia Support organisations with Level 4, fully-qualified HCA graduates who have the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to work with clients diagnosed with dementia. This is an entry-level qualification designed for students already working in, or those who intend to develop a career supporting the health and wellbeing of these clients as well as their family and/or whanau. 

Graduates of this programme will have HCA Level 4 status and pay parity.

The purpose of the Certificate in Management of the Dementia Client in a Care Facility (Level 4) (Training scheme) is to enable HCA learners employed in a health care facility who may be relying on generic care and skills to undertake formal study in Dementia Care to enrich their own practice in the care of clients. The training scheme will provide introductory skills and future employment opportunities for learners who don’t have the time to commit to the full 46-week Certificate programme. It has been developed in response to the number of Aged Care Providers/Employers and Health Care Assistants who require special interest courses in Dementia Care as part of their professional development/continuing education responsibilities. 

This training scheme will not of itself provide pay parity for graduates

 

Certificate in Mental Health Support (Dementia Care) (Level 4) 

At successful completion students will be awarded the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) with a strand in Mental Health and Addiction.

Programme Overview

NZQF: Level 4

Total credits: 120

Delivery length: 46 weeks (including 6 holiday weeks)

Total learning hours: 1200

Directed online learning: 20 hours per week  

Work placement / Current place of work: 10 hours per week

 

The Certificate in Mental Health Support (Dementia Care) (Level 4) programme is taught in seven modules: (*subject to change)

Module 1 - Personal Growth (18 credits) 

This module, designed for learners to gain a more in depth understanding about personal growth as a worker in the healthcare industry, focuses on the individual, their strengths and improving their weaknesses, and consists of the following unit standards:

  • Demonstrate ethical practice and reflect on own ethical practice as a mental health and addiction support worker
  • Apply self-reflection in a health or wellbeing setting
  • Describe leadership in a health or wellbeing setting

 

Module 2 - Contributions to the Workplace (15 credits)

Using a strength and knowledge-based approach, this module is designed for learners to gain a more in-depth understanding about the culture of service quality and safety in health and wellbeing settings and consists of the following unit standards:

  • Contribute to a culture of service quality, professionalism and ethical practice in a health or wellbeing setting
  • Contribute to quality and safety in a health or wellbeing setting

 

Module 3 - Communication and Engagement (17 credits)

Working in this complex environment a person-centred and strengths-based approach is required. This module is designed for learners to gain a more in-depth understanding of communication and engagement with the client, family/whanau and community, and consists of the following unit standards:

  • Communicate to support people’s health and wellbeing
  • Engage with tangata whenua and provide information on community support services in a health or wellbeing setting
  • Describe communication, and correct use of techniques, in de-escalation in mental health and addiction services

 

Module 4 - Understanding early stage Dementia and Interactions (16 credits)

This module, designed for learners to gain a more in-depth understanding about early stage dementia, is based on knowledge being the underpinning strength of this learning and consists of the following unit standards:

  • Describe interaction, supports, and reporting for people with dementia in a health or wellbeing setting
  • Provide person-centred care when supporting a person with early-stage dementia in a health or wellbeing setting

 

Module 5 - Managing Dementia (20 credits)

This module, designed for learners to gain a more in-depth understanding about dementia and how to manage it, consists of the following unit standards:

  • Describe dementia, support and safe practice to support people living with dementia in a health or wellbeing setting
  • Provide person-centred support to people living with dementia in a health or wellbeing setting
  • Manage the effects of providing support for people living with dementia in a health or wellbeing setting
  • Demonstrate knowledge of behaviour presented by people living with dementia in a health or wellbeing setting

 

Module 6 - Relationships in Healthcare (24 credits)

This module, designed for learners to gain a more in-depth understanding of relationships and communication in healthcare, includes understanding learner perceptions and consists of the following unit standards:

  • Work collaboratively in a health or wellbeing setting.
  • Describe relationships between practitioners, and roles and responsibilities in group processes in a health care context.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships to achieve outcomes in a health or wellbeing setting.

 

Module 7 - Cultural Identity and Related Issues (10 credits)

This module, designed for learners to gain a more in-depth understanding of cultural identity and related issues combines a person-centred and directed approach with an awareness and knowledge of the impact of other cultures and consists of the following unit standards:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural identities and culture-related issues in an aged care, health, or disability context.
  • Explain the impacts of colonisation on health and wellbeing for tangata whenua, and in a health or wellbeing setting.

Programme Outcomes

Students, who will already have some prior experience from working in a health and wellbeing setting, will graduate with the following skills, knowledge and behaviour required of a Health Care Assistant working effectively in an Aged Care Health and Wellbeing setting:

  • Person-Centred Care: Provide person-centred care, support, dignity, empathy and respect to the client, their family/whanau, and colleagues.
  • Effective Capability: Maximise their effectiveness as a Health Care Assistant, provide safe and ethical practice and contribute to a constantly changing environment. 
  • Knowledge of Dementia Care Issues: Maintain awareness of issues affecting dementia care clients including their effects on the client and the risk of the client of vulnerability, abuse and neglect in order to enhance their support capability.
  • Communication and Support: able to acknowledge a person's culture and previous experiences, communicate effectively and provide support in a mental health/addiction and/or dementia care setting.
  • Cultural Awareness: able to provide a service that respects their own and New Zealand's cultural awareness, especially the effects of Maori as tangata whenua.
  • Leadership: able to exhibit personal leadership in the health and wellbeing service that demonstrates self-awareness and self-reflection.
  • Ethical and Professional Conduct: able to demonstrate ethical, professional and safety orientated behaviour, contributing effectively to the health and wellbeing organisation.
  • Health Sector Understanding: able to understand the role and the implications that this role has on the wider health sector.
  • Effective Support and Care: able to effectively support and nurture all people living and working in the dementia care environment.

Programme Pathways

Education Pathway: For graduates who wish to pursue further study related to health and wellbeing, this qualification may lead on to the New Zealand Certificate in Public Health and Health Promotion (Level 5), New Zealand Diploma in Addiction Studies (Applied) (Level 6) or bachelor’s degrees in related health and wellbeing subject areas. For graduates who intend to pursue further study related to leadership and management, this qualification may lead on to the New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) (Level 4), the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) and New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6) or bachelor’s degrees in related leadership and management subject areas.

Employment Pathway: Government Information on Qualifications and Employment Outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to be employed in a range of roles working alongside people, family and whanau across health and wellbeing sectors and can be employed in roles such as:

  • Healthcare Assistant – Aged Care and/or Dementia Care Unit. 
  • Healthcare Assistant - Primary and Acute Care, Therapeutic Programme Care.
  • Medical Practice Assistant.
  • Homecare Support Worker / Caregiver.

Certificate in Management of the Dementia Client in a Care Facility (Level 4) (Training Scheme)

At the successful completion of the NZQF Level 4 (21 week) Training scheme students will be awarded the Certificate in Management of the Dementia Client in a Care Facility (Level 4)

 

Training Scheme Overview

NZQF Level 4 Training Scheme

Total credits: 42

Delivery length: 21 weeks 

Total learning hours: 420

Directed online learning: 12 hours per week  

Work placement / Current place of work: 8 hours per week

 

The Certificate in Management of the Dementia Client in a Care Facility (Level 4 Training Scheme) programme is taught in four courses: (*subject to change)

Course One--Early Dementia: (10 credits)

  • Demonstrate knowledge of interaction, supports and reporting for people with dementia. 
  • Provide person-centred care for people living with early stage dementia.

 

Course Two--Dementia Management (20 credits)

  • Describe dementia, support and safe practice to support people with dementia.
  • Provide person-centred care for people living with dementia.
  • Manage the effects of providing support for people living with dementia.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of behaviour presented by people living with dementia.

 

Course Three--Communication (6 credits) 

  • Describe and apply correct communication and de-escalation techniques when managing and supporting dementia clients.
  • Describe strategies for managing conflict between own attitudes and values and those of others.

 

Course Four--Abuse and Neglect (6 credits)

  • Discuss responses to vulnerability and indicators of abuse in a dementia care setting.

 

Training Scheme Outcomes

Students, who will already have some prior experience from working in a health and wellbeing setting, will graduate with the following skills, knowledge and behaviour required of a Health Care Assistant working effectively in an Aged Care Health and Wellbeing setting:

  • Person-Centred Care: Provide person-centred care and support for clients living with dementia.
  • Behaviour Management: Manage dementia clients and behaviours while providing safe person-centred care and support.
  • Knowledge of Dementia Care Issues: Maintain awareness of issues affecting dementia clients including the effects of dementia on the client, vulnerability, abuse and neglect to enhance support capability

Training Scheme Pathways

Employment Pathway:  Government Information on Qualifications and Employment Outcomes


Entry Criteria 

Certificate in Mental Health Support (Dementia Care) (Level 4)

New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident

  • Age: A minimum of 18 years of age.
  • NCEA Level 1 Numeracy and Literacy or equivalent 
  • Healthcare sector experience as healthcare assistant / volunteer 
  • A New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) or the New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work (Level 3) or the equivalent qualification or experience.
  • Clean criminal record (an initial check will be completed through the New Zealand Police to ensure the learner is a fit and proper person to be working with vulnerable people, should the learner not have one) 
  • Physically able to do the job 
  • Willingness to work with older person
  • Ability to access the Internet, Intuto portal and Facebook, and to complete and submit assignments online.

International Students: 

  • As per above, PLUS
  • English Language Certification: 5.5 IELTS (with no band less than 5.0 IELTS) or equivalent internationally recognised test.
    • Certification must be no more than 2 years old and from one test.
  • Employed as a Health Care Assistant in a New Zealand care facility or care organisation for the duration of their programme enrolment.
  • Supporting Documentation: 
    • Academic /Healthcare sector qualifications.
    • Work placement documents.
    • Endorsement of Enrolment from Employer.

 

Certificate in Management of the Dementia Client in a Care Facility (Level 4 Training Scheme)

New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident

  • Age: A minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Employed as a Level 4 Health Care Assistant in a New Zealand care facility or care organisation for the duration of their enrolment in this training scheme. 
  • Has been awarded a qualification at level 4 or higher on the NZQF, or equivalent. 
  • Provide evidence of being a fit and proper person (or this evidence is provided by their employer as part of their employment relationship). 
  • Endorsed by their employer (DHB or official contracting organisation) to undertake this training scheme OR provide an employment contract. 
  • Has access to the Internet and a device that will allow them to access the Intuto portal and write simple documents and complete assessments, usually, a word processor is sufficient. 

International Students

  • As above PLUS
  • Employed as a Level 4 Health Care Assistant in a New Zealand care facility or care organisation for the duration of their enrolment in this training scheme.  Note: the employer of the international student (an employee on a work visa, or equivalent) enrolling in this training scheme organises this training, requires the training and organises the funding for the training

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  • Sally Jory: "I thought the online study was straightforward and simple to manage. The course was challenging and interesting and the staff explained what was needed when I was unsure." Read more....
  • Julie Watt: "I now feel I am a step up in my Health Sector career. The Level 4 certificate has added value to my qualifications and will make me more eligible for other roles. I have a lot more confidence in my skills and ability to cope when dealing with dementia client behaviour and know how to handle behaviours which can be challenging if you don’t understand what is happening." Read more.....
  • Anna Uale: "Enrolling in the 46-week Certificate has given me the chance to learn and change my life.......Now I have a future I look forward to and work that matters to me. I also have a much higher income and can support my family better than I could before." Read more...

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