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Chatter matters: advice on communication for carers

Colin Barnes describes how he sets about offering communication advice to family carers of people with dementia, and the materials he has developed to help carers understand the reasons for common difficulties and strategies for more successful communication

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Caring for the carers

Estimates suggest there are 5.7 million carers in the UK, carrying out unpaid work valued at a massive 34 billion. The role is undefined and rarely chosen voluntarily. The carers and Disabled Children Act, which came into force in April 2001, gives carer the right to an assessment and local authorities the power to make payments and provide services direct to carers. The carers' Resource is an independent charitable company offering a direct point of contact for carers and professionals seeking information, advice, support, referral, representation and advocacy. 2 refs. [Summary]

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Burden weighs heavily

A carer is in danger of collapsing under the weight of responsibility. This article looks at how social workers were able to provide her with the support to help her carry on.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Learning while caring

In this article the author discusses the learning and support needs of older women who, because they cared for elderly relatives, found it difficult to attend classes. She contends that there exists a gap in awareness and equal opportunities provision. In an in-depth investigation of the Government's new Access to Learning Fund (ALF) in relation to part-time students, the author found some considerable discrepancies.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:17

Family fortunes.

The article informs that the community health mental health team where the author worked as a community psychiatric nurse (CPN) a few years ago had a referral from a GP for a woman in her thirties with anxiety and depression. When he went to assess this patient, he discovered that she was the daughter of a previous patient of mine--her mother having had chronic schizophrenia. Nina, the new patient, had been offered a wide range of treatments in the past but had never spoken about growing up with a mother who had schizophrenia.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:17

Older carers and dementia

Support for carers now has a higher profile following the introduction of the Carers' Act (2004). In this article, Gary Kitchen reports on a successful review his organisation, Get Heard, carried out of a support service to carers of people with dementia in Cheshire, and demonstrates how vital these services are.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:17

Surrey churches host events for young carers

The article offers information on free evening play sessions entitled "My Time" offered by Dorking and Ewell United Reformed churches and Soroptimist International for young carers in England.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:17

Community mental health nurses in dementia care: their role and future

In this second of two articles on community mental health nursing in dementia care, John Keady and Trevor Adams review published accounts of the CMHN role in work with people with dementia and their carers, and suggest a way in which the role might develop in future.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:17

How to give users and carers a voice

Suffolk's HSJ Award-nominated People Project aims to empower service users and carers. Participants attend workshops on subjects including getting heard. The project has secured a new round of funding to take it through to August 2006.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:17

Young carers take their message to the top of the NHS

Teenage carers met nurses, doctors, political and NHS leaders at London Zoo to highlight the health and social care needs of an estimated 166,000 young carers in England.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:17

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