Dementia Care: The Essentials
Dementia Care: The Essentials
Classroom style training

Who should attend

Caregivers (Family members or Foreign Domestic Workers) who need to care for or manage the elderly diagnosed with dementia in their home setting.

Course overview

This course is meant to equip Caregivers with the basic and essential knowledge and skills to care for the elderly with dementia. The Caregivers will learn about dementia, the stages as well as how to manage behaviours and engage the elderly with dementia with meaningful activities.

Caring for the elderly with dementia can be stressful hence, this course will also equip Caregivers with the knowledge and practical skills to manage stress and prevent burnout. They will also learn the importance of self-care through proper diet, exercise, rest, etc. Through classroom participation, Caregivers are also able to form a social support network with other Caregivers.

Learning outcome

  • Caregiver will be able to apply knowledge learnt on dementia caregiving to improve quality of care for elderly with dementia.
  • Caregiver will be able to engage the elderly using activities within the home setting that will be covered in the class.

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


51 Goldhill Plaza, #08-05, S308900

Course Outline
Topic 1: What Is Dementia?
Definition of Dementia
Types of Dementia 
Stages of Dementia
Signs and Symptoms of Dementia
The impact Dementia has on family and the person with Dementia
Topic 2: Person Centred Care
What is Person Centred Care?
The importance of Person Centred Care
The Dos & Don’ts of Person Centred Care
Applying Person Centred Care
Topic 3: Effective communication
Recognizing the impact Dementia has on communication
The Do’s and Don’ts in Effective Communication
Interpreting behaviours as a way of communication
Communication strategies
Topic 4: Staying Busy with Activities
What are engaging activities
Benefits of engaging activities
Common activities for the elderly with Dementia
Topic 5: Challenging Behaviours in Dementia
What are challenging behaviours?
Managing challenging behaviours
Reporting challenging behaviours

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 HCG

*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)

Home Caregiving Grant (HCG)

The HCG is a $200 monthly cash payout given to patients who have at least permanent moderate disability, i.e. always require some assistance to perform 3 or more Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).

Each patient is eligible for only 1 HCG, regardless of the number of caregivers the patient has.

You can use the payout to defray caregiving expenses, such as the costs of eldercare and caregiver support services in the community, or hiring of a Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW).

Household Means Test
- Household monthly income per person is $2,800 or less; or
- Annual value of property for household without income is $13,000 or less

Require Permanent Assistance with ADLs
- Always require some assistance with at least 3 of the 6 Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): Feeding, Bathing, Toileting, Dressing, Mobility, Transferring
- Singapore citizen; or
- Permanent resident (with a parent, child or spouse who is a Singapore Citizen).
Lives in Singapore
Not in a residential long-term care institution (e.g. nursing home)
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