Managing Risk & Reaping Rewards

Managing Risk Training supports your reasoning, planning, implementing and sustaining of activities and adventures for people living with dementia.

 

Reframing our Approach to Risk

People living with dementia have the right to live a full life connected to the people and places they love, and with access to the wellbeing benefits of nature and outdoor activity. Often a person living with dementia finds their life changes considerably post diagnosis. They may become socially isolated and less able to get out, with little opportunity to take part in activities that are good for them, and that they enjoy. This is because people can feel it is safer to remain indoors. 

Risks need to be carefully assessed and managed, but an analysis of risk is only half the story. We must also equally examine the benefits of the activity we are undertaking. We must also think differently about the choices on offer to people with dementia and ‘expand our horizons’ when introducing new activities. 

Only then can we support people living with dementia to thrive and have a sense of adventure in their lives. 

 

Managing Risk Training

This session will inspire you to incorporate calculated risk when planning for future outdoor experiences while understanding the benefits that can be achieved. 

The training will lead you through the ‘Six Steps to Success’ approach, which you can adapt for your environment.

The Six Steps to Success:

  1. The importance of co-production.
  2. What research tells us about social isolation and the benefits of connection to nature for well-being.
  3. A review of risk and dementia guidance documents.
  4. The barriers and benefits of outdoor activities.
  5. Positive risk management.
  6. Ensuring the success and sustainability of outdoor adventures.

 

We will deliver the training via Zoom, through a mix of presentation, video and discussion. You will hear the ‘lived experience’ of people with dementia, as well as have an opportunity to ask questions.

Some outdoor activities are inherently more dangerous than others, but does that mean we should never pursue them? If we didn’t take risks our quality of life would surely suffer. And we would become hermits in our own home, also idleness may lead to quicker progress of the disease.

James McKillop - Living with dementia

Man balancing, lady in wheelchair Wales May

Who Should Attend?

Any organisation, member of staff or volunteer who: 

  • Already supports people living with dementia.
  • Would like to know more about creating inclusive services or outdoor experiences for people with dementia.

This may include people from:

– Gardens, Parks or Farms                       – Nature Reserves 

– Tourist attractions                                  – Sports Clubs                        

– Care homes                                             – Day Centres

– Community groups or clubs                 – Local authorities

– Community housing                              – Faith groups

Free Risk Management Barriers and Benefits Tool

As part of the training, we will give you several free resources, tools and templates that incorporate the latest information and research, including our ‘Risk Management Barriers and Benefits’ tool. The tool supports and enhances your own risk management strategies, while being completely adaptable to any organisation or event. We will also provide you with a CPD certificate.

To find out more or arrange this training for your organisation or teams please call 01245 237548, or contact us.

Further Training & Consultancy

We offer bespoke training for professionals or organisations who work with people with dementia, find out more.

Alternatively, contact us for a free 30 minute consultation to discuss what your organisation might need.

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