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DROP In-house Services

TRAINING COURSES

CAREGIVER COURSES
One Day Introductory Course – R500 per person.

  1. Understanding dementia uniquely from the perspective of the person with dementia.
  2. Advanced tips, tools and techniques to enhance care and management.
  3. The differences between normal memory, ageing memory and dementia memory.
  4. Activities, transitions, mantras and break-aways.

8.30am – 4pm. Includes certificate of attendance, course materials, stationery, refreshments, light snacks and lunch.

We also run a Two Day Intermediary Course (R950 per person) and a Three Day Advanced Course (​R1400 per person). Please contact us to discuss.

Venues: Ballito practice or clients venue (minimum 5 attendees and within 100km of Ballito). Travel costs applicable above 100km.

FAMILY COACHING

1 TO 1 FAMILY COACHING
Individualized and Personalised Coaching and Support Programs for Spouses, Families and Friends of a Loved One With Dementia or Alzheimers.
60 Minutes 1 to 1 – R500 per person.
90 Minutes 1 to 1 – ​R650 per person.

5 Session 1 to 1 Program – ​R2’250 per person paid up front (or R500 per session pay as you go).

ADVISORY AND WORKSHOPS

ADVISORY
Are you looking to ensure your standards of care and facilities are of the highest standard of informed dementia awareness?
Covering all aspects of dementia care practices, physical layout, activities, aesthetics and so on.
Packages are tailored to individual requirements. Please contact us for further information.

COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS
Highly informative sessions to help understand dementia and alzheimers from the perspective of the person diagnosed with the condition, normal memory versus dementia memory, along with some helpful care tips and techniques.

Sessions will be advertised here and on our FB page @drop.org.za

The SPECAL Method

The SPECAL method of Dementia Management developed by Penelope Garner of the Contented Dementia Trust in the UK underpins DROP’s philosophy towards developing and enhancing well-being for people living with dementia.

The SPECAL method is unique, practical and effective. It is tailor-made for the condition of dementia, whatever the cause. It can be learned and used by anyone involved in the care of a person with dementia. It places the well-being of the person with dementia at the centre of care…

What is it?


SPECAL began as an acronym for Specialised Early Care for Alzheimers, it is now used to describe a unique dementia management method that can be learned and used by anyone involved in the care of a person with dementia.

Referenced directly from ww.contenteddementiatrust.org

All copyright and ownership belongs in totality and without reservation to the Contented Dementia Trust.

Developed by Penelope Garner of the Contented Dementia Trust

What is the SPECAL Method
The SPECAL method is unique, practical and effective. It is tailor-made for the condition of dementia, whatever the cause. It can be learned and used by anyone involved in the care of a person with dementia. It places the well-being of the person with dementia at the centre of care.

Use of the SPECAL method can bring about immediate and sustainable improvements in the quality of life of the person with dementia and for everyone involved in their care.

The SPECAL method treats dementia as a disability and works positively with it, rather than trying to ignore or defeat it.

Our disability model really works. The condition becomes a disability that can be managed with remarkable success once the SPECAL method is being used.

The SPECAL method has been shown to:

  • Increase the person’s confidence and thereby slow the rate of deterioration
  • Reduce the need for medication
  • Enable the person to remain in their own home for significantly longer
  • Minimise the distress all too often seen during and after a transition into a different care setting

The SPECAL method is based on an innovative way of understanding dementia from the point of view of the person with the condition, which we call thee SPECAL Photograph Album.

We use the analogy of memory as a photograph album to explain how normal memory works, what happens as we age, and the single dramatic change that occurs with the onset of dementia.

Everyone coming into contact with the person with dementia needs to understand the general principles of the SPECAL Photograph Album.

How does it work?

The SPECAL method has the potential to re-instate a sense of well-being for the person with dementia, which can be sustained for life.

We help carers to construct a tailormade care plan which gives crucial confidence to everyone concerned.

Family, friends and professional carers need to be equipped with tools and techniques to manage the condition in a positive way, based on an in-depth understanding of the world the person with dementia is living in.

This understanding is based on the SPECAL Photograph Album, a very simple analogy used to explain how normal memory works, what happens to all of us as we age, and the single dramatic change that occurs with the onset of dementia.

The SPECAL Photograph Album shows that dementia-associated memory loss does not have to lead to a change of personality. There are even ways of working positively with dementia – a counter-intuitive but fruitful consideration.

A person with dementia will experience random, intermittent and increasingly frequent memory blanks relating to the facts around recent events. However, some memories of past events are always available and can be readily recalled by the person, given the right circumstances.

The SPECAL method uses selected intact memories from the person’s pre-dementia past and links these to their activities in the present. This means that the person is able to maintain a relatively content life in the present, drawing on their own memories of situations and activities which may have occurred many years ago but still have useful meaning for them in their life today.

SPECAL in action

The SPECAL method enables carers to develop and deliver individualised care for any person with dementia and has the capacity to promote and sustain well-being 24 hours a day, every day, for life.

The SPECAL method is based on an innovative way of understanding dementia from the point of view of the person with the condition. We explain this using a simple analogy – the SPECAL Photograph Album – which everyone coming into contact with the person with dementia needs to understand.

The SPECAL Photograph Album provides a particular way of understanding the experience of the person with dementia. It enables families to develop an empathetic and fully individualised caring response for their own particular person with dementia.

We use the analogy of a photograph album to describe, in a very simple way:

  • How normal memory works
  • What happens to all of us as we grow older
  • A single dramatic change that occurs with the onset of dementia

Once we can understand what it actually feels like to have dementia, it immediately becomes obvious that a common sense approach to managing the condition is not useful.

The SPECAL Photograph Album underpins an innovative and comprehensive method for managing dementia: the results are extraordinarily rewarding for the person who has dementia and everyone else involved.

The SPECAL Photograph Album

The SPECAL Photograph Album offers a way of understanding what it is like for someone to experience dementia.

The SPECAL Photograph Album is a particular way of explaining, in very simple language:

  • How normal memory works
  • What happens to all of us as we grow older
  • A single dramatic change that occurs with the onset of dementia

We think of our memory system as a photograph album and each of our individual memories as photographs stored in our album. Photographs are arriving all the time in our album, providing us with information about the facts of what we have just been doing and how we have felt about it

SPECAL sense recognises that the other person may not know the facts of what has just happened in their life.

SPECAL sense begins with an easy set of general principles which we call the Three Golden Rules.

These are the starting point and apply to any person with dementia.

SPECAL sense is crucial if we are to promote lifelong well-being for the person with dementia.

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