This lesson will explore the ways in which community pharmacies can improve their ability to meet the needs of family carers of people living with dementia.
During this lesson you will also develop clinical skills which can be used in evaluating medication management strategies for people living with dementia.
The course is divided into five sections:
- Section 1: Introduction case study
This section will work through a case study to exemplify why pharmacies need to become more dementia friendly.
- Section 2: Dementia friendly pharmacy
This section will explore the ways in which community pharmacies can improve their ability to meet the needs of family carers of people living with dementia.
- Section 3: Medication management
This section will investigate the medications used in the management of some of the symptoms of dementia.
- Section 4: Medications which should be used with caution in people with dementia
In this section you will learn about the medications which should be used with caution in people living with dementia.
- Section 5: Case study
This section will review what you have learnt throughout the lesson by working through a case study of a wife caring for her husband with dementia.
By completing this lesson, participants will be able to:
- Describe the role of community pharmacy in assisting family carers of people living with dementia
- Explain the principles of a dementia friendly pharmacy and the steps to becoming dementia friendly
- Evaluate and promote the appropriate use of medications frequently used to support people with dementia
- Identify medications to be avoided in people living with dementia
Continuing Professional Education Statement
This activity has been accredited for 3 hour(s) of Group 1 CPD (or 3 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 3 hours of Group 2 CPD (6 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.
Accreditation number: CX180099
Dementia Training Australia is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund, funded by the Australian Government.
This resource was developed by Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia:
- Kate Fulford, Medication Management Consultant, Project Pharmacist, Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia
- Dr Andrew Stafford, Director, Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia
The contributions of the following people to this resource is acknowledged with gratitude:
Gerald Burns Pharmacy staff, in particular:
- Amanda Bryce
- Carolyn Glazier
- Lisa Bodlovich
June Lewis, carer of husband with dementia
- Dr Tanya Petrovich
This resource was developed from materials originally prepared by the Western Australian Dementia Training Study Centre at Curtin University. The contribution of the following people to that project is gratefully acknowledged, without whom it would not have been possible:
Curtin University School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science
Associate Professor Lynne Emerton
Pharmacy 777 Group
Professional Services Manager
University of Wollongong Centre for Health Initiatives
Dr Lyn Philipson
Alzheimer’s Western Australia Dementia Advocates
Topic Areasdementia-general, medication-management, responsive-behaviours,
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