The Montessori Dementia Program is a 3-day course designed for family members, Personal Support Workers, healthcare providers and volunteers who are supporting individuals living with early to mid-stage Dementia in their homes, adult day programs, assisted living or long term care homes. Taught by experienced Montessori and Dementia trainers, the course provides an alternative approach to caring for a person living with Dementia.
Participants will learn from Montessori specialists about the key principles guiding the Montessori philosophy; Observation, Independence according to one’s ability, The Prepared Environment, Activites of Daily Living, and purposeful engagement aimed to help maintain the independence and cognitive abilities of a person living with Dementia.
Participants will also learn from Dementia specialists about the different types of Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The trainer will discuss the typical symptoms that are expected as Dementia progresses and will address how to best defuse responsive behaviours that accompany each stage of Dementia.
Participants will learn how the Montessori philosophy and practices can be adapted to improve the quality of life of people living with Dementia. The Montessori approach focuses on enhancing the well-being of people living with Dementia and their sense of belonging within their community. Montessori based activities that provide opportunities for purposeful engagement will be presented, and participants will have the opportunity to work with the materials as well as prepare their own.
- To provide an alternative way to offer care and support to individuals living with Dementia that improves quality of life.
- To provide skills that will assist the caregiver to create a more purposeful, dignified and independent life for those living with Dementia by encouraging them to be as independent as possible.
- To provide proven Montessori methodologies and systems, that can be used to help individuals living with Dementia retain their procedural memories for as long as possible.
- To communicate effectively with individuals living with Dementia.
- To understand the importance of socialization and community engagement for ongoing health and well-being, including resources.
- To understand the responses that can emerge when a person living with Dementia becomes agitated.
- A knowledge of the different types of Dementia.
- How the Montessori method impacts the daily life of a person living with Dementia.
- How observation skills are developed to better understand the person living with Dementia.
- The creation of Montessori based systems for Dementia care that improves the quality of life for both the individual living with Dementia and the caregiver.
- Provide opportunities and options for activities of daily living including recreation and social interactions.
- How to modify approach as the disease progresses.
- Develop skills that will enable the caregiver to anticipate and acknowledge responsive behaviours.
- Understand an approach that enables an extended period of independence for the person living with Dementia.
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Montessori Dementia Program reserves the right to cancel the course due to insufficient numbers, no later than 14 days before the scheduled start date of the course. A full refund will be offered if Montessori Dementia Program cancels the course.
If an attendee cancels, notice must be received, in writing, no later than 14 days before the start date of the course. No refunds will be given after this date. An administration fee of $35.00 will apply to cancellations.