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Caring for a relative with dementia: family caregiver burden

This paper is a report of part of a study to investigate the burden experienced by families giving care to a relative with dementia, the consequences of care for the mental health of the primary caregiver and the strategies families use to cope with the care giving stressors. The cost of caring for people with dementia is enormous, both monetary and psychological. Partners, relatives and friends who take care of patients experience emotional, physical and financial stress, and care giving demands are central to decisions on patient institutionalisation.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

A dementia first aid course for family carers

Many people with dementia are cared for by family members, who will receive little advice or support. This article describes a course developed to help carers deal with frustrating and challenging behaviour. The course provides an overview of dementia, provides coping strategies for carers and introduces cares to mindfulness meditation to help them deal with stress.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

A new direction

NAViGO, a community interest company formed by service users and carers in partnership with mental health workers, has take over the running of all mental health services in northeast Lincolnshire. This article investigates this innovative example of service user and carer involvement in designing and delivering mental health services. The introduction of RESPECT training, which trains mental health workers to defuse difficult situations without using control and restraint techniques, is also discussed.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Sharing standards

Health workers in Barnsley have found that training can help counter tokenism in user and carer involvement in the planning and delivering of services. Looks at the training course delivered to service users and carers which included: developing participants' skills in writing and evaluating standards; and de-mystifying jargon.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Using psychosocial interventions within a high-security hospital

Psychosocial interventions have been used for many years in caring for people with mental health problems. The few interventions that have a recognised evidence base are cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), family interventions, and education programmes for patients and carers. Describes the process of implementing these interventions in a forensic setting and makes recommendations for future practice. Outlines the training provide to staff and the importance of adequate staffing levels.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Out of the shadows

The author describes how his Private Member's Bill aims to give the UK's seven million carers the opportunity to learn and to develop a life beyond their caring responsibilities.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Helping carers to care - the 10/66 dementia research group's randomized control trial of a caregiver intervention in Russia

Objectives: Dementia is a rapidly growing public health problem in low and middle income countries. There is an urgent need, in the absence of formal services, to develop interventions designed to improve the lives of people with dementia, and their families. This study tests the effectiveness of the 10/66 caregiver intervention among people with dementia, and their carers.

Design: A single blind parallel group randomized controlled trial (ISRCTN41039907).

Setting: Moscow.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Developing a joint mental health strategy for elders

Reports on the development of a joint mental health strategy for older people in a central London Borough. The project brought together clinicians and practitioners from a variety of settings, the voluntary sector, and users and carers. The aim of the project was to develop a shared philosophy of care based on promoting independence and from this to identify the components of a spectrum of care that would meet the wide range of needs of elders with mental ill health. The borough had high levels of deprivation, unemployment and poor housing.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Induction award: supporting people who have a learning disability: trainer pack with CD-ROM

The pack includes: introduction with information on: learning disability qualifications and standards; supporting assessment; involving people with learning disabilities and family carers in training; session plans; CD-ROM containing: activity sheets PowerPoint presentations video clips, and pdfs of all four study books with guidance on how to link learning to the relevant NVQ/SVQ.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

In partnership with carers

Describes the process and outcomes of developing a carers' training and education programme, for carers of people with dementia, using a partnership approach.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09