Standard 9 of the Care Certificate demonstrates that although your job role may not directly require you to work with these individuals, it is important to have an awareness of learning disabilities, dementia and ill-mental health while working in Care.
Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities in Care
Nearly two-thirds of people say that they have experienced a mental health problem. These can include; depression, anxiety, psychosis. As well as these, both dementia and learning disabilities are more prominent in care settings and Care Workers will require awareness training so that they are able to identify symptoms and signs of these problems and so that they are able to treat the individual in the correct way, and with compassion.
Standard 9 of the Care Certificate - Mental Health, Dementia & Learning Disabilities - ensures that staff:
- Understand the needs & experiences of people with mental health problems, learning disabilities or dementia
- Understand the need to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for individuals with mental health problems, learning disabilities or dementia
- Understand the need to change care delivery relating to someone who may have a mental health issue, dementia or learning disabilities
- Know the importance of early detection of dementia, mental health needs and learning disabilities
- Understand legal frameworks, policy and guidelines relating to mental health needs, learning disabilities and dementia
- Understand mental capacity