Basic Training for Daily Care
Dementia Care: Managing Behaviours through Meaningful Engagement
Classroom style training

Who should attend

Caregivers (Family members or Foreign Domestic Workers) who need to acquire basic caregiving skills for day to day care.

Course overview

This course encourages empowerment for Caregivers to care for their loved one with dementia. It equips Caregivers with the knowledge and skills to manage behaviours, create fixed routines and engage the elderly with dementia. Caregivers will also learn ways to take care of themselves as well as get an overview of the various resources available to support them in their journey as a Caregiver for an individual with dementia.

Learning outcome

  • Caregiver will be able to apply learnt skills and knowledge on dementia caregiving to improve the quality of care.
  • Caregiver will be able to engage their loved one more confidently using appropriate activities within the home setting which will in turn improve the quality of life for both the Caregiver and the person with dementia.

Course duration

  • 3 hours

Mode(s) of training

  • Classroom based
  • One trainer to a minimum of 8 participants (Maximum 20 participants)
  • Demonstration with role play and case studies
  • Classes can be conducted in English


Training Centre (Exact venue to be confirmed)

Course Outline
Topic 1: Person Centred Care (30 mins)
Ability to regard every Dementia person as a unique individual
Understand the importance of engaging them with respect and understanding
Topic 2: Falls and Abscondment (45 mins)
List the most common factors that contribute to fall among the elderly
Identify risk factors that can increase the likelihood of falls among elderly
List the steps that should be followed if your loved one falls
Identify consequences of Abscondment
Apply interventions to prevent Abscondment
List the steps to take during Abscondment
Topic 3: Behaviour Triggers (30 mins)
Identify the different type of triggers
Identify risk factors that can increase the likelihood of falls among elderly
Topic 4: Challenging Behaviours (45 mins)
Understand the common negative behaviours
Identify primary goals of managing these behaviours
Topic 5: Engaging with Activities (45 mins)
Identify simple ideas of activities
List the benefits of providing meaningful activities

About the trainer

The training will be done by certified professional nursing staff who have relevant experience in managing dementia patients in a home and institutional setting.


Course fee
Before AIC Grant
Course fee
After AIC Grant
for CTG
for FDWG

*Course fees shown are final and are inclusive of any additional costs.
**Subject to eligibility and the remaining amount of the care recipient’s CTG which is capped at $200 a year.


Caregivers Training Grant (CTG)

The Caregivers Training Grant (CTG) provides families and Caregivers with a subsidy when they apply for training to care for the care recipient at home.

The CTG allows Caregivers to tap on a $200 annual subsidy to attend CTG-approved training courses. This grant is administered by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC).

The amount of $200 is allocated to each care recipient every financial year (starting from Apr to Mar the following year).

Care Recipient's Nationality
The care recipient must be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident.
Complete Training
The Caregiver must complete the training course and receive a certificate of attendance if there is one.
Care Recipient's Age and Needs
The care recipient must be aged 65 and older, OR have a disability as assessed by a doctor.
The Caregiver must be the person in charge of caring for the recipient (this can include family members and foreign domestic workers)

Foreign Domestic Worker Grant (FDWG)

Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) Grant is a $120 monthly cash payment given to families who need to hire a Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) to care for their loved ones who require permanent assistance with three or more Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). 

Families can use the payment to offset the cost of hiring a FDW. They may nominate themselves, or a Caregiver who is 18 years old and above to receive the FDW Grant payment. 

Each household is eligible for up to two FDWs caring for two different family members at any one time. 

Meet Criteria for FDW Employer
If you are the FDW employer, the care recipient must be your spouse; parent/parent-in-law; grandparent/grandparent-in-law; grandchild/grandchild-in-law; or sibling/sibling-in-law
Attend Caregiver's Training
Your FDW must attend AIC-approved FDW Grant Caregiver's training.

Household Means Test
- The care recipient should be living together with the FDW employer at the same NRIC-registered address
- Household monthly income per person must be ≤ S$2,600
- If you do not have any household income, annual property value must be < $13,000

Require Permanent Assistance with ADLs
Care recipients, including those with mental and intellectual disability*, need to be assessed by a qualified assessor to be permanently unable to perform three or more Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): Eating, Bathing, Dressing, Transferring, Toileting, and Walking or Moving Around


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