On 31 October SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) is running another REAL Communication workshop – an open course for dementia care practitioners that focuses on how to communicate more effectively with a person living with dementia. The interactive workshop includes exercises, games, discussion and reflection in an open studio environment. The workshop techniques are designed to make it easier for professional carers to positively contribute to the quality of life of those they care for.
The REAL framework is based on evidence I gathered over a decade working with people living with dementia and their carers, that showed that reminiscence, empathic engagement, active listening and life story are key to the wellbeing of any older person living with dementia. When accompanied by the Senses Framework, everyone's lives improve.