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 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.
Our courses have helped family carers of people living with various types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular and Mixed dementias as well as the other rarer forms such as Posterior Cortical Atrophy, Lewy Body and Frontotemporal dementias. Our courses also support carers of family members who are awaiting a formal diagnosis.
It is very important to us that you enjoy your three days and we want to reassure you that you will arrive to a relaxed setting in which we hope you will feel comfortable and at ease. One of the team will be at the door to greet you when you arrive and to take you to the meeting room where you can enjoy some light refreshments with the other course participants which will be available from 10.00 am onwards before the programme begins at 11:15 am. The course finishes on day 3 at 3.45 pm followed by tea and cake with the group.
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. Carers can participate in problem-solving groups on days 2 and 3, they provide the space to share experiences and thoughts on topics that carers chose to focus on.
Our range of courses
Core Course: Dementia Carer Support
Our core Dementia Carer Support Course has been developed for friends and family of people with dementia and aims to support a wide range of carers in different situations. This expert-led, 3 day residential course is run throughout the year and is designed with carers’ needs in mind. Carers attending this course will have an opportunity to gain a better understanding of their friend or family member, the type of dementia they have, and to explore different ways of responding to challenges. There will be time to think about your own well-being and you will be provided with a range of tools to enhance your resilience.
Young Onset Dementia Carer Support Course
This course runs throughout the year and is designed for friends and family of people who have been diagnosed with a rare type of dementia and/ or at a younger age (often considered to be under 65 years). The content of this young onset course is similar to the core course; it offers the same opportunities to gain a better understanding of your friend or family member, the type of dementia they have and time to discuss the unique challenges you’re facing to help you become more confident in your caring role. As with the core course, there will be time to think about your own well-being and you will be provided with a range of tools to enhance your resilience.
Me, You, Dementia Too: Carer and person with dementia
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.
Home to Home Course: Carers with a relative in a care home
This course for carers whose family member has moved into a care home is more tailored to the needs of this group of carers. Topics will include making the most of visits, communicating with the care home team, understanding funding, dealing with feelings and palliative care.
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.
Our 2018 and 2019 courses will be held at The Eaton Hotel in Birmingham and Chiseldon House Hotel near Swindon. Both offer free onsite parking and are 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 and Chiseldon House Hotel is located in the village Chiseldon, 5 miles south of Swindon.
More information about the venues can be found on their websites here:
The Eaton Hotel
279 Hagley Road
+44 (0) 121 454 3311
+44 (0) 121 454 4928
Chiseldon House Hotel
+44 (0)1793 741010