Certificate in Foundations of Person-Centred Dementia Care

Certificate in Foundations of Person-Centred Dementia Care is based on Person-Centred Care principles, which emphasises on bestowing personhood on the person with dementia as a social being, providing recognition, respect, and trust (Kitwood, 2011).

Course Objectives

This course comprises 5 modules and aims to equip healthcare and social service professionals with practical dementia knowledge and skills. The learning journey will start with an overview of the nature and impact of dementia. Learners will be guided to reflect on their current practice and identify ways to apply Person-Centred Care principles through effective strategies to support behaviour changes, and meaningful activities. In the last module, learners will learn to recognise end of life and appreciate the palliative care approach for persons with advanced dementia to ensure quality of life.

The course consists of 5 modules:

Module 1: Nature and Impact of Dementia aims to provide learners with an introduction to dementia and its impact, and ways to assist the person with dementia through Person-Centred Care.

Module 2: Person-Centred Care aims to provide learners with strategies to promote person-centred care and apply self-care strategies for both professional care staff and family caregivers.

Module 3: Behavioural Communication aims to equip learners with strategies for effective communication with persons living with dementia and facilitate understanding of behaviour change as a means of communicating unmet needs, so as to apply a range of options to manage the impact of behaviour change.

Module 4: Purposeful and Meaningful Engagement aims to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to promote meaningful activity and engagement to meet individual needs of persons living with dementia.

Module 5: Palliative Care Approach aims to provide learners with an understanding of how persons living with dementia can be supported with a palliative care approach relating to their physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs.


At the end of the course, learners will be assessed on their competencies acquired through the learnings. The competency assessment for this course consists of a quiz, a written assessment, role-playing, and oral questioning.

Who Should Attend

Front-line care staff and volunteers who would like to be equipped with a basic understanding of how to care for people living with dementia in a variety of settings including the family home, centre-based services, and residential care facilities.

Course Details

Course Dates 3, 4, 10, 11 May 2023
Assessment Dates 24, 25 or 26 May 2023
Time 9am – 5pm, 9am – 12.30pm
Venue Dementia Singapore Academy
20 Bendemeer Road, #01-02, BS Bendemeer Centre, Singapore 339914
Closing Date for Registration 19 Apr 2023
Fees $1048.14.68 (including GST)
Prevailing course fee subsidy at 90% for Singaporeans/PRs and 45% for Work Pass Holders working in eligible community care organisations.

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Application Procedure


Ms Fong Yoke Leng is a trained nurse with many years of experience in managing social, rehabilitation and dementia day centres. As one of the lead trainers for the Dementia Singapore (previously known as Alzheimer’s Disease Association or ADA) training Programmes, she has inspired many caregivers with her dynamic training style and passion for dementia care. Fong was formerly the Centre Manager of ADA’s New Horizon Centres at Jurong Point and Tampines, and the coordinator for the MINDVital and MINDActive programmes at the Centre of Geriatric Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital. These programmes were for persons with dementia and their caregivers in the Cognitive and Memory Disorders Service. Fong holds a Master of Clinical Rehabilitation from Flinders University, Australia, and has attained the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA).

Ms Joanne Loy is a DACE and ACTA certified full time dementia care trainer with Dementia Singapore (previously known as Alzheimer’s Disease Association or ADA). She is also a certified Dementia Care Mapping (Basic User) by University of Bradford and Spark of Life certified facilitator. Joanne has conducted training sessions for family and professional caregivers. She is passionate about dementia care and has actively involved in public education on dementia awareness, including raising dementia awareness among seniors at senior activity centres. Prior to becoming a full fledged trainer, Joanne was a key member of the Eldersit team in ADA which her main role was to provide guidance and taught eldercare workers on ways to engage persons with dementia in meaningful activities at home.


For more information, please email academy@dementia.org.sg.

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