Dementia Elevator Innovation Award 2015 – Shortlist

Check out the diverse range of innovative projects that have made the Dementia Elevator Innovation Award 2015 Shortlist! Dementia Elevator Innovation Award Shortlist 2015

Why not join us at the award ceremony on the 2nd of December 2015 in the Helix, DCU? This event will be a great networking opportunity for those interested in/working in, dementia care. We are delighted to have last year’s winners ‘Kildare Past times Choir’ perform and there will be a poster exhibition of project applicants.

RSVP here by 29th of November 2015.

For more information on the Elevator Award click here.

Dementia and Every Day Ethics Module ​ – applications now open!

This module will begin on the 1st of February 2016. The closing date for applications is the 16th of December 2015​

This is a blended learning module involving 2 days of in-class education and 12 weeks of online learning.  The module takes a person centered approach and covers a number of core ethical principles in working with people with dementia in a wide range of circumstances and contexts.

This module will equip students with the skills to recognise situations in everyday dementia care that are ethical in nature and how to guide colleagues in a helpful manner through a decision making process. It will also equip them with a practical and theoretical grounding in ethical decision making. There will be a wide range of topics covered including physical care and ethical situations arising. Social context and ethical issues concerning stigma and social isolation will also be central themes. Such issues will be explored from the perspective of the person with dementia, their family and communities in which these people live. The module will be predominantly scenario led, covering issues such as regarding, hydration and nutrition, continence, hygiene, responsive behaviours, pain, continence, sleep patterns and antipsychotic medication​.

Click here for more information and application details.

Click here for the word flyer for the course.


Dementia Coping Skills for Families and Carers.

This free, online training programme aimed at families and carers of people with dementia is now available! Access the programme here:

A description of the course is outlined below.

Description of the Dementia Coping Skills for Carers Programme

The Dementia Elevator Coping Skills for Families and Carers was developed to support and educate families and carers, while caring for a person with dementia.  The programme aims to enable families and carers to recognise the emotions, goals and coping strategies of the person with dementia. It will enable participants to develop a suite of psychosocial skills in emotional and cognitive approaches to support these, while practicing self-care.

What are psychosocial skills? 

Psychosocial skills involve ‘interactions  between people, to support cognition  (eg, thought, reason, memory), emotion, interpersonal relationships and a sense of control”

     Moniz Cooke, 2009

The programme was developed in close collaboration with a group of family carers who shared their experiences in a number of filmed interviews.

This comprehensive programme will require a total duration of approximately 4 hours to complete. However, the actual time to complete the programme can vary across users, as the content within each chapter is flexible and can be used as a stand-alone education.

The programme consists of an introduction and five chapters.  Each chapter is further subdivided into at least three sections.

This resource  is accompanied by a reflection journal guiding users to apply and reflect upon the aspects of the education relevant to their specific situation. Furthermore it aims to demonstrate practical and applicable skills through:

  • Interviews with family carers, people with dementia and professionals,
  • Video examples of using the skills in everyday situations
  • Exploration of theory of psychosocial approaches to support a person with dementia.

National Dementia Education Programme: Early Identification of Memory Problems in the Older Person e learning Programme

HSeLanD is the Health Services e-Learning and Development service and contains over 130 online learning programmes, resources, assessment & planning tools.

The Early Identification of Memory Problems in the Older Person e learning Programme is a short online course which introduces participants to the experience of those with memory problems. The programme adopts a person-centred approach to care, highlighting the need to plan care with the maximum possible participation of the person with memory problems and his or her significant others. This is achieved by emphasising that assessment and care should be aimed at identifying a person’s strengths and capacities to maintain independence and self-determination for as long as possible.

Students can access the programme online through the HSE land portal. Log onto If you have not registered before, you will be asked to do this. When you have successfully logged in, enter the term early, into the search box which is visible on the mylearning section. You will be presented with the option to take the relevant programme. Programme duration is approximately one hour.

For more information about the course see here.

Development of New National Dementia Office Repository

The National Dementia Strategy Office (NDO) which was established as part of the National Dementia Strategy Implementation plan, is currently exploring ways to share/promote exemplars of best practice in Dementia care. In order to facilitate this, the NDO propose to develop a repository of examples of quality/practice/service developments that are currently happening across the country in public, private, voluntary and education settings. Links to established information and resource hubs already developed across the country will also be included.

To assist in collating this information, the NDO are inviting interested parties to complete the form which can be accessed through the link below. The NDO will subsequently develop a database from the information received that will be accessible to all services. This database will provide a focal point for gathering and disseminating current initiatives in dementia care. The information will assist the NDO in strategically planning and supporting the ongoing development of dementia care across services.  It will also assist in developing dementia-specific learning initiatives across services in line with the National Dementia Strategy objectives. It is intended that the development and availability of this repository will avoid unnecessary duplication of effort, and enhance networking and learning opportunities. The repository will be hosted as part of the HSE’s Lenus repository (

To complete & submit the form click here.

If you have any queries regarding the template please contact  Mary Manning  at


Dementia Elevator First Newsletter

Checkout Dementia Elevator’s first newsletter which outlines project updates and training developments!  Read it here


Elevator at the Louth Age Friendly Business Consumer Fair

Dementia Elevator are delighted to be exhibiting at the Louth Age Friendly Business Consumer Fair on the 4th of October. We will be showcasing our free, online training for front line retail staff which can be accessed here as well as highlighting other existing Elevator resources! To find out what the retail training is about why not watch this short teaser: Click here to view.

You can access a flyer for the event here:



S​urvey​ on Everyday Memory – Volunteers Needed!

Many people complain about their memory, especially as they get older. There are many possible reasons for forgetting, and memory mistakes do not automatically mean a memory disorder. If we know more about how often healthy people forget, the types of things they forget, and the factors that influence forgetting, GPs and other health professionals will be able to judge how serious reported memory problems might be and how they can help people to improve and protect their memory.

An anonymous questionnaire-based research study in DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences is exploring the type of memory mistakes people make in normal everyday life, how often these mistakes occur, and the possible relationship between memory errors and factors such as age, gender, education level, mood and fatigue.

If you are aged 50 or above, and you do not have a diagnosis of dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or a neurological condition that impacts cognition, a significant psychiatric or learning disability, or severe hearing or visual impairment , please take 20 -30 minutes to complete this anonymous questionnaire (link below) looking at everyday memory and memory lapses.

Click here to take a survey on everyday memory

If you would like more information about this study, please contact the principle investigator, Sophia Kilcullen at, or study supervisors, Dr. Kate Irving at and Prof. Teresa Burke at Thank you for your interest.

New DCU Module: Therapeutic Responses to People With Dementia

DCU are offering a new training module: Therapeutic Responses to People with Dementia. This module is suitable for those who have completed the DCU Dementia Champions programme. Practitioners are enabled to evaluate different approaches to responding to dementia and to apply psycho-social interventions that promote the well-being of people with dementia and their carers, including: validating people with dementia, building resilience, multi-sensory approaches and dyadic support of family members and people with dementia. Graduates are well placed to support colleagues in integrating these approaches into everyday situations.

Closing Date for applications is the 21st of August 2015. See below for more information and an application form.

Therapeutic Responses to People with Dementia Flyer (1)

NS4028 Summary Therapeutic Responses to People with Dementia – course information

Application Form NS4028