Dementia Specific Carer Support

What was the issue you were addressing or working on?

To meet the support needs of carers throughout the changing stages of the dementia condition by providing more intensive ongoing support on a longer term basis.


What you did?

Provide one to one support to carers to ensure that they receive the most appropriate service package from Carers of West Lothian, and support them to obtain services and support available to them from other agencies.  Direct support services include information, advice and emotional support to carers, home visits (in particular to those carers who become isolated due to the deterioration of the illness of the person they care for) and training to meet the needs of carers at the point of diagnosis and as the dementia condition progresses.

 


What were the outcomes - benefits or otherwise?

An increase in carers’ self-esteem and confidence, enabling them to better manage their caring role.

An example of carer support is given here.

 


Contacts - to find out more

Mary-Denise McKernan,  mary-denise@carers-westlothian.com