This is a carefully tailored 3-day residential course for family carers to attend alongside the person with dementia. It aims to support both participants to address their individual needs and to build knowledge and understanding. Throughout the course, the person with dementia is supported in a group environment to understand his/her condition, engage in stimulating activities and discussions and to gain support from the other people with dementia attending the course. The course content for the carer is similar to our core course with teaching sessions aimed at building knowledge and understanding about dementia and discussion groups to explore different ways of responding to changing behaviour and the challenges that caring for a person with dementia brings. Family carers attending this course will have the time to think about their own well-being and we provide a range of tools to enhance resilience and build confidence.
During shared social time including breaks, lunch and evening meals, both groups come together and relax, feeling safe in a group of people who all understand some of the challenges of living with dementia.
As a charity we do not make a profit. We are fortunate to have 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 £650 per carer to deliver the course, including food and accommodation. We do not want anyone to be excluded from our services so we are not charging a fee for our courses. Therefore, we invite course participants to donate to the charity on completion of the course, if they are able to. A donation of £5 pays for a coffee break for a carer, £15 pays for a carer’s lunch and £300 pays for an expert course facilitator for a day. All donations, big or small, make such a difference.