Foundations of Person-centred Dementia Care

Foundations of Person-Centred Care 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 on bestowing personhood on the person with dementia as a social being, providing recognition, respect, and trust (Kitwood, 2011).

Learning Objectives

  • Identify ways in which we can assist the person with dementia in everyday activities to enhance their wellbeing

  • Identify the principles and strategies to promote Person-Centred Care

  • Apply strategies for effective communication with a person with dementia, including reality orientation, validation and reminiscence

  • Identify a range of options for supporting the person with dementia with behaviour and psychological symptoms of dementia

  • Identify ways to promote meaningful activity and engagement to meet individual needs

  • Identify ways to apply the palliative care approach to persons at the advanced stage of dementia

Target Audience This course is suitable for frontline care staff or volunteers working in centre-based or home-based services, as well as residential care.
Dates 5,6 & 9 Nov 2020
Time 9am-5.30pm
Venue Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital
705 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328127
Closing Date for Registration 23 Oct 2020


$644.73 (inclusive 7% GST)
Prevailing course fee subsidy at 90% for Singaporeans/PRs and 45% for foreign staff working in eligible community care organisations (subjected to approval).

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).

Ms Koh Hwan Jing is Head of the Academy at the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, which provides 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, dementia day care, home based intervention, and nursing homes. 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 (Advanced User).

Ms Cai Suqi is a registered social worker. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with Bachelor of Social Work and has acquired extensive experience in both acute and community settings. She has a strong interest in older adults and dementia. Suqi was the Centre Manager of the ADA Caregiver Support Centre and played a critical role in the development of the Eldersit Respite Care Services. She later ventured into training and consultancy work and attained the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA). She is certified in Dementia Care Mapping (Basic User).

Ms Joanne Loy has been working as a Senior Programme Coordinator with ADA since 2012. She has a keen interest in the field of dementia care. As a key member of the Eldersit team in ADA, Joanne collaborates closely with carers and eldercare workers in guiding or educating them to engage persons with dementia in meaningful activities at home. In her role as a co-ordinator, she assesses and conducts case management, linking clients and carers to appropriate community resources and supporting care for persons with dementia. She is a certified DCM Basic User with University of Bradford and Spark of Life certified facilitator. An ACTA-certified trainer, she conducts training sessions for carers and eldercare workers within ADA as well as in the community.


Please register for the course via AIC Learning Management System.
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