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Personal Safety for Staff In Dementia Care

Our Personal Safety for Staff In Dementia Care course is an add on to our “Understanding & Responding to Distressed Behaviour Course” and aims to equip staff with strategies to manage their own safety in a situation of aggression or violence that is aimed towards them or others.

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Learn strategies to ensure physical safety in the event of distressed or aggressive behaviour.

Many care staff workers have experienced an incident of physical assault which can range from pinches and scratches to punches and kicks. Unfortunately, some people living with dementia can become highly distressed and agitated and can act in ways that may harm others without realising who they are hurting is trying to support and help them.

Under health and safety law organisations should put control measures in place to reduce the risks of harm from violence and aggression to a reasonable level. This course explores these strategies and covers pro-active tools to avoid and minimise risk as well as techniques that staff can use to reduce the risk of harm. As well as learning how to defend from common attacks like grabs and punches, learners will also explore actions they can take to avoid harm through position, teamwork and personal protective equipment options.

This course should only be provided to staff that have a good understanding of dementia and have attended a course about understanding and responding to distressed behaviour as many incidents of violent behaviours can often be managed and avoided before they start. This course is only when all other tactics have failed.

Note: If staff require training in any techniques that restrict a persons movement and behaviour they should look at training in ABLE Target system for accredited training in restrictive techniques that includes clinical holding and restraint.

What does Personal Safety for Staff In Dementia Care cover?

  • The law related to personal safety
  • Preventative approaches and positions that reduce escalation and improve personal safety
  • Using active palms to minimise risks of strikes
  • Teamwork strategies during moving and handling and personal care
  • Non-restrictive strategies
  • Examples of Personal protective equipment
  • Breakaway and safety techniques for wrist, clothing and hair grabs

Who is our Personal Safety for Staff In Dementia Care for?

This course is for anyone working with individuals living with dementia who can become physical when distressed. This can include residential or nursing care or any home care situation.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

  • Understand the law related to personal safety.
  • Approach and position yourself to reduce escalation and maintain safety.
  • Reduce the risk and defend from strikes and grabs.
  • Identify equipment that may reduce risk.
  • Use positive team approaches to de-escalate, or reduce risk.
  • Lower risk of injury during personal care or patient handling activities.

Frequently asked questions

Our prices are personalised to the company, including how many delegates, and location. Please make an enquiry to get a personalised quote with no hidden costs.
We cover the whole of the UK.
Many of our courses can be adapted for both classroom settings or virtual platforms like zoom. Some courses that include a practical aspect can only be delivered in a classroom setting.
All learners will receive a certificate for any course they complete. Some of our courses are in-house certified, some of our courses are regulated by Ofqual and others are accredited by other awarding bodies.

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Module 2: Personal Safety & Breakaway

For low to medium risk settings Module 2 provides personal safety strategies, non-restrictive physical skills including responsive interventions to manage big emotions and breakaway training for those who experience hazardous behaviour that poses a physical risk to staff or service user. Staff need training in personal safety, breakaway or separation techniques but should not be required to use manual restraint. (this is the maximum level for lone workers)

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Jay Benjamin
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I can say with all truth that this service is class A1. We have used there Breakaway Restraint/conflict management & also E-learning courses services for many years now & everything has been delivered professionally and extremely clearly with no problems.
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I have been on several training courses run by this company over the last. Each time the trainer have been really good at making the course contact interesting and interactive. This certainly helps me to remember everything. Would recommend them.
Nicola Olorenshaw
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I absolutely love attending training with Able Training. The courses are professionally prepared and delivered and the trainers are of a very high standard and are very engaging and knowledgeable. Awesome!
Rebecca Markham
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Fantastic training , I have participated in a number of courses over the last 12 months , each course has been very interesting and helpful to my role as a foster Carer , the information is presented in a interesting way and gets each point across effectively, I would highly recommend them ! I am looking forward to more in the near future .
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Able training delivered Conflict management to our staff and they all found it extremely useful, feedback included; 'I really enjoyed this course, I found the facilitator very enthusiastic and passionate about the subject. The course was highly informative and I would recommend it. Thank you Able training!
Ronnie Passe
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Great 'Restraint training' course at Earlham Primary School in North London. Very professional and would highly recommend to other schools. Friendly, to the point, and tailored to our requirements. Thank you.

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