5. Recognise the contribution of carers, and encourage and enable them to look after their own health and wellbeing as well as those they care for
Supporting carers should be an integral part of the care and support package for people with dementia. When carers are well supported, they can provide better care for the person with dementia, leading to better outcomes for all.
A new ‘Understanding and Supporting the Needs of Carers’ strategy is out to consultation at the same time as this Dementia Strategy. It focuses on improving support for all carers including those caring for a family member or a friend with dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Society and Carers Support Centre deliver training for carers, some specifically for carers of people with dementia, but their capacity to do so is limited.
The Alzheimer’s Society offer a local and national information and advice helpline and a range of factsheets to support people with dementia and their carers.
Both local acute trusts (North Bristol Trust and University Hospitals Bristol) have carers strategies and carers support workers to support people in hospital including people with dementia and their carers.
Commissioners should support carers organisations to develop strategies to increase the number of training sessions in relation to carers supporting people with dementia.
Training should be based on real life experience Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, South Gloucestershire Council, Sirona and other partners are piloting ‘Hints and Tips for Real Life with Dementia’ training for carers of people with dementia in early 2016/17.
Investigate support for people who do not wish or are unable to attend groups.