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ADA Resource and Training Centre

ADA Resource and Training Centre (ARTC) is the training and consultancy arm of Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA), Singapore. ARTC provides training programmes for professionals, family caregivers, and foreign domestic workers, as well as consultancy services for agencies providing dementia care services. ARTC aims to enable service providers to adopt Person-Centred Care approaches and share best practices in dementia care. With the generous donation from the Singapore Ireland Fund, ARTC was officially opened on 17 January 2014, comprising two training rooms, a multi-purpose lounge area, a resource library, and a mock-up dementia-friendly apartment.


Training and Consultancy in Person-centred Dementia Care

ARTC’s training and consultancy services are delivered by ADA’s staff, associate consultants and trainers, as well as, members of the Person-Centred Care and Dementia Care Mapping (PCCDCM) Advisory Group. Our consultants and trainers represent a wide range of expertise, including academic institutions, and dementia care settings such as hospitals, dementia day-care centres, residential care, home-based interventions, and caregiver support services.

For further enquiries regarding the training and consultancy services provided by ARTC, contact us at:

ADA Resource and Training Centre (ARTC)
Address: 70 Bendemeer Road #06-02 Luzerne Building, Singapore 339940
Telephone: 6293 9971
Fax: 6293 3438
Email: professional_trg@alz.org.sg


For Professional Caregivers

This course aims to enable individuals or staff to better recognise older persons with signs of dementia, provide a supportive environment for people with cognitive impairment and dementia, mobilise resources to provide support, and refer the person with dementia for professional help.

Target Audience: This course is intended for individuals who have frequent contact with older persons in centre-based facilities which run services or programmes for older persons, such as Senior Activity Centres, Family Service Centres, grassroots organisations, community centres and various religious organisations.

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Foundations of Person-Centred Dementia Care, also named Dementia Care Skills, is endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Disease International as the core curriculum for the Master Trainer programme for the Asia-Pacific region. Based on Person-Centred Care principles, the course emphasises bestowing personhood on the person with dementia as a social being, providing recognition, respect, and trust (Kitwood, 2011). Participants will be equipped with essential skills to enhance the well-being of persons with dementia.

Target Audience: This course is suitable for frontline care staff supporting persons with dementia in centre-based services or residential care settings

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This course aims to equip participants with the knowledge and resources to determine the needs of persons with dementia and their caregivers, and provide essential education and support to caregivers in a home-based setting. Throughout the course, participants will apply the Person-Centred approach in case formulation and use Person-Centred strategies to address behaviours of concern.

Target Audience: This course is intended for programme coordinators, programme executives, and case workers who are involved in supporting persons with dementia and their families through home-based services, such as home therapy programmes, transitional care teams, cluster support services, and community-based mental health teams (COMIT/CREST).

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Originally developed by the members of the Person-Centred Care and Dementia Care Mapping (PCCDCM) Advisory Group, this 1-day course aims to enable organisations to understand how to implement Person-Centred Care in their care settings from the management perspective. Participants will understand dementia from the perspective of those living with dementia, and apply Person-Centred strategies as a response to challenges with communication and misunderstood behaviour in persons with dementia. This course may be customised and conducted on-site at the care providers’ premises.

Target Audience: Nurse Managers, Centre Managers, Allied Health Professionals, Programme Managers, and Senior Care Staff caring for Persons with dementia in hospitals and residential care settings.

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DCM is an observational tool developed by the Bradford Dementia Group, designed to evaluate the quality of care from the perspective of the person living with dementia. It is used in care settings such as day care services, hospitals and nursing homes. Based on the philosophy of Person-Centred Care, DCM promotes a holistic care approach which upholds the personhood of the person with dementia. The information gathered from DCM is used to develop individualised care plans to bring about changes which enhance the wellbeing of persons with dementia.  This four-day course equips participants to use DCM within their own organization or workplace. It covers the underlying philosophy of Person-Centred Care, four DCM-coding frames, rules governing coding, processing of data, and practical issues around briefing and providing feedback to care staff. A Basic User certification is awarded by The University of Bradford.

Target Audience: Health and Social Care Practitioners who have an interest in evaluating and transforming the quality of care for persons with dementia in care settings.

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For the Family

Caring for a person with dementia can be very difficult at times. Dementia not only affects the person living with the condition, but also the entire family. The greatest challenge is on you, the caregiver. With a better understanding of dementia, you can plan for and cope with the challenges that you may encounter in your caregiving journey.

“Living with Dementia” is a two-day training programme designed to support you in your caregiving role. Comprising of core and elective modules, this programme provides you with essential knowledge and skills to care for the person with dementia using the Person-Centred approach. The interactive training workshops serve as a platform for you to gain new insights into caring for the person with dementia and yourself, share real-life scenarios for discussion, and identify potential strategies for managing caregiver stress.

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FDWs find it challenging to cope when a person with dementia exhibits behaviours such as repetitive questioning, agitation and anger. They may find it difficult to assist the person with dementia in daily activities such as eating, taking a shower and going to the toilet. As the condition progresses, the person’s mental and physical capacity changes, affecting his/her ability to express thoughts and emotions. Communication can become challenging. As such, FDWs may struggle to address the person’s needs and wants. The following training modules are designed to cover different aspects of dementia care to equip FDWs with practical knowledge and skills to handle different challenges that they will face in caring for a person with dementia.

Find out more here. Register here.