The Carers Journey: Information, support and training for informal caregivers in the South Eastern Health & Social Trust Areas!
These workshops are free to attend and we would like to share our knowledge and expertise, by providing up to date useful resources and local information that will help and support you when you are caring for a person with a dementia. The 2 hour workshops will run over 6 weeks and topics include: What is dementia? , legal and financial issues, learning to manage, communication, personal care and well-being and local support services.
The programme also allows you to meet others in a similar position to yourself and have the opportunity to gain insight into the local services that are available to support you and the person you care for. The workshops will provide useful information, helping you to understand the signs and symptoms of dementia providing you with effective techniques to respond to need, or manage, often challenging behaviours. There is also time for private questions.
All caregivers who attend the workshops will receive a carer’s handbook that will be developed throughout the programme.
To register your interest email: or call 028 90735273
Workshops will run in Lisburn , Newtownards , Bangor, Downpatrick , Comber & Ballynahinch ( morning , evening and weekend workshops available)
The Carer's Journey : Full programme:
Module 1: What is dementia?
• The Dementia Journey
• Understanding the impact of Dementia (physical, psychological and emotional)
• Types and prognosis
Module 2: Legal issues / Finances
• Benefits / Entitlements
• Self Directed Support / Direct Payments
• Enduring Power of Attorney
• Driving / Insurance
• Planning for the future
• Paying for care in care homes
• Rights – Informal Caregivers and person living with a dementia
Module 3: Learning to Manage
• Techniques for coping with stress
• Taking care of the Informal Caregiver
• Understanding and managing behaviour that challenges
• Therapeutic interventions
• Activities / reminiscence / exercise
Module 4: Communication
• Behaviour as an expression of need
• Speech and Language Guide
Module 5: Personal Care and Well-being
• Nutrition and Swallowing
• Information on Memory Drugs and Medicines management
• Home safety (promoting an enabling environment)
• Recognising pain
• Technology including telecare, GPS monitoring
Module 6: Services
• Finding out what services are available and how to access these
• Help with Navigating the system
• Understanding the role of staff within the Memory Service
• Care Planning / Advance Care Planning
• John’s Campaign 3