Foundations of Person-centred Dementia Care

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.


  • Understanding causes and symptoms

  • Understanding the principles of Person-centred Care

  • Communication techniques for interacting effectively with people with dementia

  • Recognising and responding to behaviour exhibited by people with dementia

  • Understanding the importance of engagement through activity for the person with dementia

Target Audience This course is suitable for frontline care staff supporting persons with dementia in centre-based services or residential care settings.
Dates 1st run: 16 – 18 Aug 2017
2nd run: 1 – 3 Nov 2017
3rd run: 10 – 12 Jan 2018
Time 9am-6pm
Venue ADA Resource and Training Centre
Closing Date for Registration 1st run: Register by 16 Jul 2017
2nd run: Register by 1 Oct 2017
3rd run: Register by 10 Dec 2017


Without Funding/Subsidy: $600
Local – After VCF Subsidy: $360
Foreigner – After VCF Subsidy: $480

Voluntary Welfare Organisations-Charities Capability Fund (VCF) Funding

Applicants from Voluntary Welfare Organisations should apply online the VCF training grant at least 1 month before course commences.

Our trainers

Ms Fong Yoke Leng is a trained nurse and an experienced manager of social, rehabilitation, and dementia day care centres. She has a passion for dementia care and holds a Masters in Clinical Rehabilitation from Flinders University, Australia. Fong was formerly the Centre Manager of Alzheimer’s Disease Association’s New Horizon Centre Jurong Point. She was also the co-ordinator for the MINDVital and MINDActive programmes at the Centre of Geriatric Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital. These programmes were for persons with dementia and their caregivers in the Cognitive and Memory Disorders Service. As an experienced trainer, Fong has conducted training for nurses, support staff and allied health workers in day centres and nursing homes, as well as family caregivers. She has attained the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA).

Mr Stephen Chan is Manager of the Alzheimer’s disease Association (ADA) Caregiver Support Centre. He was also Centre Manager of New Horizon Centre (Tampines) for over 10 years. His work experience in the eldercare sector includes providing direct care as an Occupational Therapist, supervising and mentoring staff, and overseeing operations at the day-care centre. As an associate consultant and trainer for the ADA Resource and Training Centre, he has provided consultation and training to family caregivers, professional caregivers, as well as eldercare services providing care to persons with dementia. Stephen has been involved as a member of the Ministry of Health Dementia Care Taskforce, as well as, the Agency for Integrated Care work-group, to develop standards on Centre-based Community facilities. He has a Masters of Gerontology from UniSIM, Singapore, and a Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney, Australia. He has attained the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA). Stephen is also appointed as a member of the National Transplant Ethics Panel of Lay Persons, which serves on Transplant Ethics Committees to ensure that living organ donations in Singapore are altruistic and ethical.

Ms Koh Hwan Jing is Manager, Trainer and Consultant Occupational Therapist at the Alzheimers’ Disease Association Resource and Training Centre (ARTC), facilitating in-house and public training programmes for professional and family caregivers of people with dementia, as well as consultancy services for external agencies serving people with dementia. She has a wide range of experiences working with people with dementia including hospital-based services, and home based intervention. Hwan Jing has served as a member of the Ministry of Health (MOH) Dementia Care Taskforce and Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) Dementia Nursing Home Design Resource Panel. She has a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy from the University of Exeter, UK (2000), and a Masters in Mental Health Studies from King’s College London, UK (2007). She has attained the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA), is a certified instructor for Mental Health First Aid (Singapore), and certified in Dementia Care Mapping (Basic User).

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