Dementia Care Training Workshops for Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs)

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. The FDWs will learn these modules through classroom lectures, experiential learning, group discussions, sharing and role play.

All sessions in this course are held at the ADA Resource & Training Centre (70 Bendemeer Road, #06-02 Luzerne Building, Singapore 339940).

Download our Caregiver Support and Training brochure here.

Essentials of Dementia Care

“Essentials of Dementia Care” is a one-day training workshop that offers core information and useful techniques for domestic workers to apply when caring for a person with dementia. It is conducted in English, Malay & Burmese.

Essentials of Dementia Care
– Orientation on Dementia
– Managing Changing Behaviour
– Effective Communication
Participants will learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of dementia; how dementia causes changes in the behaviour of a person and ways to manage these behaviours; and techniques to communicate with the person dementia effectively. 14 Apr 2018
28 Jul 2018
6 Oct 2018
5 Jan 2019

Sessions are conducted from 9am to 5pm.

Purposeful and Meaningful Engagement

Due to changes in their thinking abilities and reduced motivation, persons with dementia struggle to continue with everyday activities, interests and valued roles. Family caregivers will learn creative ways of engaging the person with dementia in purposeful and meaningful activities to enhance their physical and psychological well-being.

Elective 1: Everyday Care Participants will gain a better understanding of the impact of dementia on Activities of Daily Living (ADL), and learn tips on assisting persons with dementia with their ADLs through the Prepare, Involve & Comfort (PIC) model. 5 May 2018
Elective 2: Meaningful Activities Participants will learn to identify and conduct suitable activities for persons with dementia. 2 Jun 2018
Elective 3: Fall Prevention Participants will learn about factors causing falls, fall prevention and correct techniques of assisting someone who has had a fall. 13 Aug 2018
Elective 4: Managing Mealtimes Participants will comprehend the mechanics of swallowing, how dementia can impact swallowing, and ways to manage food refusal in persons with dementia. 1 Sep 2018
Elective 5: Creating a Comfortable and Safe Environment Participants will learn home safety considerations for persons with dementia as well as practical tips to provide a safe environment. 3 Nov 2018
Elective 6: Managing Food Nutrition Participants will comprehend the nutritional needs of persons with dementia, strategies to overcome undereating or over-eating and the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. 3 Feb 2018
1 Dec 2018
Elective 7: Self-care Participants will learn how to manage their emotions and cope with stress by discussing their roles and job expectations as a caregiver. 3 Mar 2018
16 Feb 2019

Sessions are conducted from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

A Positive Approach to Challenging Behaviour

Changes in the behaviour of persons with dementia often appear challenging to their caregivers, family and friends. The impact of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) may be minimised through the use of positive methods of communication, environmental modifi cation, and by addressing unmet needs. In this workshop, participants will identify ways to manage their everyday challenges in caregiving using a problem-solving approach.

Elective 1: Engaging a Person with Dementia in Meaningful Activities Participants will learn to recognise the activity needs of a person with dementia and engage him/her in meaningful activities in their daily routine. 6 May 2017
Elective 2: Assisting a Person with Dementia through Safe Transfer and Ambulation Participants will learn how to assist a person with dementia with walking and transferring to prevent injury for both the person with dementia and caregiver. 3 Jun 2017
Elective 3: Applying Basic First Aid for a Person with Dementia at Home Participants will learn to treat cuts, assist with choking, and handle the person with dementia with possible fractures. 5 Aug 2017

Sessions are conducted from 9am to 1pm.


Per Core Module: $140 (without CTG) or $10* co-payment (with CTG)
Per Elective Module: $50 (without CTG) or $10* co-payment (with CTG)

Payment can be made by cash or cheque made payable to “Alzheimer’s Disease Association”. Payment and all supporting documents should reach us at least seven days before the training date. Please note that the course fee for training is non-refundable.


*The Caregivers Training Grant (CTG) is a $200 annual subsidy that allows caregivers to attend approved courses to better care for their loved ones. Only care recipients who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents are eligible for this grant. The CTG is administered by AIC. Please visit to find out more, or download the Caregivers Training Grant Application Form here.


Online here or below
Phone: 6377 0700

Please prepare the following documents for registration:

  • A copy of the family caregiver’s NRIC
  • A copy of the Care recipient’s NRIC
  • A copy of the doctor’s memo confirming a diagnosis of dementia
  • A copy of the Foreign Domestic Worker’s work permit (for FDW training only)
  • Completed CTG Application Form (only for caregivers who wish to utilise the CTG)


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