Associates Day

We are recruiting Associate Practitioners to support our Service Development Team.

If you are a Nurse, Speech and Language Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, Social Worker, Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist with experience of supporting families living with dementia, then we would like to invite you to our Associates Day.

 

To find out more about becoming a Dementia Carers Count Associate Practitioner, we invite you to come to the Eaton Hotel, Edgbaston on March 26th to meet our team. 

Morning Session:

10:30 – 12:30 with refreshments on arrival

Afternoon Session:

2:00 – 4:00 with refreshments on departure

 

Please email hazel.may@dementiacarers.org.uk to find out more or to book your place.

 

Our charity, Dementia Carers Count has been adapting to the changing times for 156 years providing effective services for people in need whose plight has not yet been recognised by the government of the day. Originally founded as the Royal Surgical Aid Society, we changed direction and rebranded last year and our focus is now on supporting family carers of people with dementia in their caring role. We will be moving into our new Dementia Carers Count Resource Centre in the West Midlands in 2020 and from there we will continue to provide services and support to families and friends living with dementia.

 

One of our key areas of activity is to actively support family carers in their caring role and for the last 18 months we have been piloting 3-day Dementia Carers Courses which aim to equip husbands, wives, partners, daughters and son-in-laws, grandchildren, friends and neighbours across the UK with the strength and resilience they need to look after themselves and the knowledge, skills and confidence to respond to many of the challenges that dementia can bring.

 

Our courses, funded by donations, have helped family carers of people living with various types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, Vascular and Mixed dementias as well as the other rarer forms such as Posterior Cortical Atrophy, Lewy Body and Fronto-Temporal dementias. Our courses also support carers of family members who are awaiting a formal diagnosis. We have received exceptional feedback from more than 150 family carers of people living with dementia who attended our courses during 2017/2018.

 

We are also piloting the provision of Individual Support Plans which offer strategies for family carers of people living with dementia. The plan may include strategies for one or more of the following:

 

  • coping with stress, anxiety or other difficult feelings
  • communicating more meaningfully with the person who has dementia
  • making the environment at home safer
  • responding to changing behaviour
  • assisting with daily activities such as washing, dressing, eating
  • staying active and engaged

 

We will provide induction and training for  Associate Practitioners who will be called upon to work on a sessional basis when needed.

 

 

Please email hazel.may@dementiacarers.org.uk to find out more or to book your place.