Frequently Asked Questions
I am concerned about my loved one's memory and how do I look for signs of dementia?
It is important to note that many people suffer from memory loss, so visiting a doctor for a consultation and recommendations is the best course of action.
Some of the more common symptoms are:
Amnesia - signs of memory loss or deficit in memory. In the elderly, it may appear as regression to the past.
Aphasia - disorder in communication, such as unable to form word sounds, forgetting what words to use, or misordering or misunderstanding of words.
Agnosia - an inability to process sensory information that may lead to some loss of ability to recognize things, people, sounds, shapes, smells, etc.
Apathy - a lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.
Altered Perception - when a person cannot interpret what the senses are percieving, such as depth, light, dark, or other things that define their surroundings.
Anosognosia - being unaware of the self and may affect persons with dementia in ways like forgetting pain threshold or how old or healthy they may be.
Apraxia - difficulty in moving or with fine motor skills.
I want to train myself in dementia care. What are my options?
There are several levels of courses that anyone can participate in:
Basic Caregiving Course takes one (1) day, around 5 hours. Caregiver's training on how to assist in the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) - not specified to dementia care.
Montessori-based Dementia Programming is a multi-modular course with each course taking one day. For caregivers to learn how to engage with elderly with dementia. Caregivers learn about dementia and how creating activities for people in their care that are based on their interests and abilities.
Masterclass is the advanced course and may take up to a one (1) week.
How can I pay?
Montessori for Dementia Care handles all payments directly. We are happy to guide you through the process every step of the way (i.e., providing needed forms.)
For caregivers, our courses can be funded through the Caregivers Training Grant or CTG. It is an annual grant that caregivers can apply for and use towards their training. More information here along other related options. (See Foreign Domestic Workers Grant or FDWG.)
Courses can also be availed through the SkillsFuture program when announced.
Will there be certification?
Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon the completion of the course.
How are the courses conducted?
The course comprises of both theory and practical lessons (role-play).
Who are your trainers?
Courses are mainly conducted by one of our in-house trainers, Joseph Cheah, who is accredited by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), the Centre for Applied Research in Dementia (U.S.), and has also obtained the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment.
What languages are used in class?
Courses are mainly conducted in English but translators will be provided if needed.
What and where is your Activity Centre?
The Activity Centre is a full-time facility that holds morning and afternoon sessions around Montessori-based activities. We hold activities like cooking, music, arts and crafts, exercise, conversations and more. We take note of each individual's interests so we can create fully immersive activities for them.
Who conducts the sessions?
We have a staff of trained activity facilitators who design lesson plans every day. They are dedicated to engaging each and every participant positively and cheerfully.
What languages are used in class?
Sessions are mainly English, Chinese or bi-lingual.