Overview of our Dementia Carer Support Courses
Our courses have been balanced carefully to ensure that due attention is given both to building knowledge through teaching and learning and to resilience-building through the processes of unburdening, reflecting, sharing and relaxing. These three-day Carer Support Courses are free of charge and provide an invaluable opportunity for family carers to spend time with experienced professionals, to really learn, to get the information and advice they need for their own unique situation and to have time to talk and share experiences with other family carers.
Carer Support Courses for everyone’s needs
We run courses for mixed groups of carers in addition to tailoring some to meet the needs of different family carers, including Young Onset; Adult children and other family relatives; Spouses and Partners and Family carers whose relative has moved into residential care.
Day 1 begins at 11:00 am although we encourage course participants to arrive a little earlier to meet the Course Tutors and other carers informally for coffee. The last session on Day 3 ends at 3:30 pm followed by tea and cake with the group before setting off for home. We finish on each day at 5:00 pm and then meet again for dinner in the hotel at 7:00 pm allowing a couple of hours for carers to relax, phone home and enjoy some personal time.
The knowledge building sessions are around the themes of Personality – Knowing yourself and understanding your strengths; Understanding Dementia; Responding to Changing Behaviour; Resilience and Mindfulness. Course participants sit at round tables of 5 or 6 each with a facilitator to help the group engage in helpful discussions to reflect and embed knowledge and after each main presentation.
The presentations are delivered by experienced professionals with backgrounds in Clinical Psychology; Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy. Problem Solving skills are developed in Coaching Groups on days 2 and 3.
Our ‘Caring about…’ one-day courses offer a bite-sized approach, covering specialised subjects such as eating and drinking, feeling secure in relationships and choosing the right care home. These courses run from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm and are £65 per person which includes lunch.
Our 2019 courses will be held at The Eaton Hotel in Birmingham which offers free onsite parking and is just a short drive from the motorway or a taxi ride away from the nearest main line station. Food is fresh and home cooked and different diets including vegetarian, vegan, and diabetic are happily catered for.
The Eaton Hotel on the Hagley Road, Edgbaston is just 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham.
More information about the venue can be found on their website here:
The Eaton Hotel
279 Hagley Road
+44 (0) 121 454 3311
+44 (0) 121 454 4928