Caring about white lies, half-truths & telling it like it is

Goshee Sadler
August 20, 2021
August 22, 2021

This one-day course will explore the topic of truth-telling when you’re helping to care for a friend or family member with dementia.

People who have attended our three-day courses have told us that there are times when they are unsure whether to answer questions openly and honestly, whether this would be too distressing for the person with dementia and whether a response other than the truth would be more appropriate and comforting.

We’ll discuss the situations which people come across, and the various questions of acceptability this raises. We’ll explore when, where and why a ‘lie’ is being told or the ‘truth’ is being avoided and provide the opportunity for discussions.

The course will provide you with the opportunity to understand the reasons the person with dementia may be asking you the questions you find difficult to answer and ways to meet such needs. The ways to manage situations are very individual with specific challenges and may require different approaches, and our experienced healthcare professionals will help you to consider all these factors.

This course is for you if:

you would like to learn about the topic of truth-telling and when white lies may be appropriate when you’re caring for a friend or family member with dementia

you would like your questions around truth-telling and white lies addressed in a safe, supportive environment by healthcare professionals with experience of supporting people with dementia and their families

you would like to learn strategies for navigating difficult conversations and ways to help support the person with dementia to feel comforted and safe

you want meet other people who are supporting a friend or family member with dementia in a similar situation

What will happen on the day

9.45-10.00 Arrival and refreshments

10.00-10.30 Welcome, hopes for the day

10.30-11.45 Morning session

11.45-12.00 BREAK

12.30-13.15 Pre-lunch session

13.15-14.00 LUNCH

14.00-15.00 Afternoon session

15.00-15.15 BREAK

15.15-16.00 Looking after yourself

16.00-16.20 Where are you now?

16.20-16.30 Questions and resolutions

Please note that our team recommend that you attend all sessions of this one-day course. Every element of the programme has been researched and planned and arriving late or leaving early will affect the benefits of the course for you and other attendees. If you are unable to attend all sessions, our team will work with you to find an alternative date that works better for you.

As a charity we do not make a profit. It costs us £125 per person to deliver our one-day courses, including lunch. Therefore, we invite course participants (or their employers) to donate to the charity on completion of the course, if they are able to. All donations, big or small, make such a difference. Donation forms will be provided at our courses. You can also donate using the donate button at the top right corner of this web page.

Caring about white lies, half-truths & telling it like it is
One Day Course