This is a one-day course that aims to explore the types of relationships and bonds we have with important people in our lives, including the person with dementia that you care for. Psychologists know that the types of relationships we had with our parents when we were very young children provide the early foundation for our understanding of how relationships work, and what we can expect – Can you depend on people? – Can you trust them? These foundations for relationships are called ‘attachment styles’.
On this course, you will learn about how these styles of attachment affect how we manage stress and how we respond when we feel vulnerable. We will explore how attachment styles impact a person with dementia; for example, how it impacts how safe and secure they feel, or how ‘clingy’ they might become. We will also look at how this impacts you when caring for them and how to manage this so both you and the person with dementia can feel calmer. Strategies for helping the person with dementia to feel safer and more secure will be discussed, as well as how families and friends can support each other to feel less overwhelmed.
As a charity we do not make a profit. We are fortunate to have had reserves from the sale of the assets of our previous charity (we used to own care homes) to invest in the development and start-up costs of our new services. It costs the charity £125 per carer to deliver our one day courses, including lunch. Therefore, we invite course participants 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.
Please note that our team recommend that you attend all sessions of this one-day course. Every element of the programme has being 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.