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Care staff working with people with dementia: training, knowledge and confidence

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2008
<mark>Journal</mark>Dementia
Issue number2
Volume7
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)227-238
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The complexity and diversity of the needs of older people in care homes presents challenges to those responsible for caring for residents, in particular nursing and care assistant staff providing the majority of direct care. This study examines the degree of knowledge and confidence of these staff in caring for people with dementia and seeks to identify factors which can contribute to greater confidence. It reveals that although staff knowledge of dementia is reasonable, confidence in dealing with related situations is lower. Results also suggest that training can positively influence staff confidence in dealing with behaviour associated with the condition, recognizing that it is one of many factors influencing performance as a paid carer. These findings are discussed in terms of the quality of care provided to residents with dementia, the forms such training might take and the importance of a work environment which facilitates on-the-job training.