Module 1
Problems engaging with Social Care

Why things go wrong and why we must act

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Module 2
Building Trust

The key stepping stones to cross before the journey can begin

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Module 3
Re-framing Care

Seven building blocks for successful support work

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Module 4
Building Bridges to other Support

Working well with families and wider services

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Module 5
Putting it into Practice

Ongoing Reflection and Building upon Experience

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Introduction to the resource

Social care is important to help older adults maintain their independence and lead fulfilling lives. It can be used to support individuals personal care, help identify opportunities for meaningful engagement in activities and provide respite when needed. 

However, not everyone finds receiving help easy. People with memory difficulties or mental health needs face particular challenges. 

People offering support to such individuals may need to adapt their approach. This resource will explain how this might happen.

Who is this resource for?

This resource is aimed at support and care staff who help older people with dementia or mental health needs with social care tasks.

By social care, we mean the support that people may need to live an independent and fulfilling life. This may be personal care, such as bathing, washing and dressing. It may be other help around the home, such as cooking, cleaning and moving around. It may also be community support with leisure pursuits and social participation.

Staff helping such people may be homecare workers, specialist support workers in mental health, outreach workers or other community support staff.

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Learning objectives

This resources aims to help you:

  • Improve your understanding of why dementia and different mental health difficulties can make it difficult for people to accept social care
  • Develop your knowledge of the foundations for developing a trusting and positive caring relationship
  • Increase your knowledge of good practice when building an older person’s confidence and self-efficacy in social care activities
  • Develop your ability to think more critically about how best to build good working relationships with families and community services
  • Apply new learning in practice
Module 1
Problems engaging with Social Care

Why things go wrong and why we must act

Enter Module 1
Module 2
Building Trust

The key stepping stones to cross before the journey can begin

Enter Module 2
Module 3
Re-framing Care

Seven building blocks for successful support work

Enter Module 3
Module 4
Building Bridges to other Support

Working well with families and wider services

Enter Module 4
Module 5
Putting it into Practice

Ongoing Reflection and Building upon Experience

Enter Module 5