The Silviahemmet Train the Trainer (TTT) program –

Education for Quality of Life in Dementia Care

The Silviahemmet care philosophy was developed by Stiftelsen Silviahemmet, a Swedish centre of excellence in dementia care and dementia care training. It focuses on enabling the highest quality of life despite phase or type of dementia disease. The care philosophy is based on the palliative approach, which promotes life and relieves suffering from early symptoms of dementia until end of life. The Silviahemmet care philosophy rests on four cornerstones: Person centred care/Symptom control, Family support, Teamwork, and Communication and relation.

The training provides care professionals with know-how and tools to offer care within a holistic perspective.

Purpose and Goal

The Silviahemmet Train the Trainer programme is dedicated to organisations that aim to prepare trainers on the Silviahemmet care philosophy and spread knowledge in Swedish best practices in dementia care in their organisation or country.

Key information

Type: Face-to-face training and examination for a small group of future trainers
Target group: Organisations that would like their experienced care professionals to perform teaching tasks within dementia
Duration: 10 days (could be divided into several parts)
Location: Chosen by the participants´ organisation
Maximum number of participants: 12 future trainers per one group
Language: English/Swedish (with the possibility of translation to other languages)

Why this programme?

  1. The Silviahemmet care philosophy has been developed for over 20 years and is proven through research to improve the quality of life of people with dementia as well as caregivers.
  2. The partner organisations will be enabled to apply and spread one of the world’s best dementia care practices in their organisation.
  3. The programme provides the trainers with knowledge and material for performing a variety of training that can be adjusted to the needs of the target groups in the Territory, e.g. managers, nurses, social workers, nursing assistants, and family members.
  4. Besides theoretical training, practical teaching tasks are also included. Furthermore, case studies and group tasks are performed within each chapter.
  5. After performing at least 50 hours of training, the instructors may start training further teachers, provided that the latter is accepted by Stiftelsen Silviahemmet.


Program Objectives

On completing the program, the participants will:

  • Gain knowledge about the Silviahemmet care philosophy as a tool to provide increased quality of life to patients with dementia and their families
  • Understand the connection between physiological processes and dementia symptoms
  • Know common issues connected with ageing
  • Be able to differentiate between most common dementia diseases
  • Know symptoms of dementia in early, moderate and late stage
  • Be able to act in the presence of difficult symptoms like BPSD and understand why certain behaviours are better than other
  • Know proper nutrition and activity recommendations for people with dementia
  • Know how to effectively pass on their knowledge to other people engaged in dementia care
  • Understand the importance of family support

Program content

The six chapters in the TTT material are ordered so as to reflect the Silviahemmet care philosophy (read more about the philosophy here).

  1. Dementia care for life quality
    • The Silviahemmet care philosophy cornerstones explained
    • Ethical considerations in dementia care
  2. The brain and the nervous system
    • Construction and function of the brain
    • Healthy and unhealthy ageing
  3. Dementia diseases – investigation and treatment
    • Dementia diseases overview
    • Dementia examination
    • Medication in dementia
  4. Dementia symptoms from early to late stage
    • Cognitive symptoms
    • Psychiatric symptoms
    • Behavioral symptoms
    • Physical symptoms
    • End-of-life care in dementia
  5. Treating difficult symptoms. Risk of falls, activities and nutrition
    • Aggressiveness
    • Socially inappropriate behaviour
    • Falls
    • Communication and relationships in dementia
    • Activities
    • Nutrition and eating issues
  6. Relatives and supporting them
    • A family with dementia
    • Feelings
    • Physical, social and financial consequences of dementia
    • Supporting the family

The material covers aspects of dementia from early symptoms to end of life care with a practical view that stems from Swedish national guidelines for best dementia care.


The examination of the trainers is always performed by Dr Wilhelmina Hoffman, Headmaster and CEO Silviahemmet. This includes a written test and a performance of a selected section of the education (in the respective native language). The selected part is given two days before the examination. There are also open-ended questions in the examination.

On successful finishing the TTT program, the participants will also receive an Instructor Diploma.

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The Train the Trainer (TTT) program of Stiftelsen Silviahemmet is made available internationally by Swedish Care International and currently offered in several countries in Europe and Asia. For more information, please leave a message below.

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