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Find out how to better support people with dementia at the end of life with this End-of-Life Care for People with Dementia course offered by FutureLearn in partnership with the University of East Anglia!
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Understand the needs of people with dementia, and how to better support them and enhance their wellbeing towards the end of life.

A range of research has shown that the end-of-life care needs of people with dementia, and their families, are poorly understood and inconsistently addressed.

The programme

An awareness of the psychosocial, physical and spiritual needs of the whole person is key to tackling this issue - something that this online course will give you.

You’ll develop the knowledge and understanding that will help you provide better quality support to - and enhance the wellbeing and dignity of - people with dementia towards the end of life. You’ll also learn to better communicate and co-ordinate care with their families.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the End-of-Life Care for People with Dementia course offered by FutureLearn in partnership with the University of East Anglia, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss individualised care, taking into account psycho-social, physical and spiritual needs
  • Reflect on how social relationships and communication may be affected in advanced dementia
  • Identify symptoms associated with end of life, including recognising and managing pain in people with dementia
  • Explain the need to find meaning in the life and death of the person with dementia

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 21 days
    • Intensity 3 hrs/week
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Proactive tutoring and support
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Programme Structure

What topics will you cover?

  • Connecting with others
  • Advance care planning
  • Expressing self
  • Wellbeing at the end of life
  • Nutrition and hydration
  • Symptom management
  • Finding meaning
  • Specialist support
  • Supporting families through grief


Sarah Housden

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • This course is aimed at health and social care professionals. You’ll need a basic level of dementia awareness, which you may have gained in a health or social care setting, working with people with dementia, or through caring for a relative, friend or neighbour.
  • During the course, you’ll be able to discuss your experiences with other learners and learn from theirs. It may also be useful to you to have a friend or colleague with whom you can discuss and reflect on issues that might arise during the course.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    69 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 69 USD for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
  • National

    69 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 69 USD for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
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