ADA Academy

ADA Academy  is the training and consultancy arm of Alzheimer’s Disease Association, which provides training programmes for professionals, family caregivers, and foreign domestic workers, as well as consultancy services for agencies providing dementia care services.

The Academy also aims to enable service providers to adopt Person-Centred Care approaches and share best practices in dementia care.

With a generous donation from the Singapore Ireland Funds, the Academy was officially opened on 17 January 2014.

Courses for General Public

This course aims to provide awareness and information to members of the public who will learn to recognise and assist persons with dementia, and refer them to community resources for support.

Target Audience: This course is intended for individuals who are interested to learn about dementia and assist people with dementia in the community.

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“Work with Clients with Dementia” is a competency-based certification programme. It provides learners with the knowledge and skills required to work with clients with dementia in a variety of settings and residential care.

Target Audience: This course is intended for people already working, or those who wish to enter the Community and Social Services industry. This course would be appropriate for people working with dementia, such as programme co-ordinators/ executives, volunteer coordinator, case managers, senior assistant therapist, and social work assistants.

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Enabling EDIE

The 3-hour workshop will allow participants to experience the challenges faced by a person living with dementia and learnt how to develop a support plan in partnership with the person with dementia and care partner with the goal of enablement.

Target Audience: Health and Social Care Practitioners and volunteers providing support to people living with dementia and their caregiver.

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Training and Consultancy in Person-centred Dementia Care

The Academy 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 ADA Academy, contact us at:

Resource and Training Centre
Address: 20 Bendemeer Road, #01-02 BS Bendemeer Centre, Singapore 339914
Telephone: 6293 9971
Fax: 6293 3438

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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Many of us acknowledge that we lack the skills and knowledge to care well for persons with dementia. It is by recognising that persons with dementia are “fully human and alive” that we learn to connect or re-connect with them. Forming meaningful and enduring relationships is the key to delivering quality care. Person-centred care will change the way you look at dementia and provide you with the motivation and know-how to improve the lives of persons with dementia.

Target Audience: This course is intended for supervisory and management staff in hospitals, intermediate and long-term care facilities, with a role in influencing systems, processes, treatment plans and culture that promote quality care within their care unit and at the organisational level.

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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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This is a 1-day workshop that aims to provide you with knowledge of person-centred dementia care and the use of Dementia Care Mapping™ at the home of persons with dementia. The application of DCM™ for Supported Living will allow you to assess and make recommendations to the care of the person with dementia living at home. It also provides evidence-based feedback to care staff working in the home setting.

Target Audience: Home Care Practitioners who are involved in guiding home care staff. (Pre-requisite: DCM for Realising Person-Centred Way)

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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.

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