Carers FIRST

Carers FIRST Carers FIRST is a charity supporting adult and young Carers across the districts of South and North West Kent and Medway. A Carer being anyone who provides unpaid support to a loved one. Carers can be of any age and may be looking after a relative including husband or wife, friend or neighbour. We provide emotional and practical support, advice, information, guidance and offer statutory carers assessments, training, events, social groups, short break respite, activities trips and more.

Updated:
16 January 2017
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Care, Voluntary Sector, Charity, Local DAA Members
Local Alliances:
Medway Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Carers FIRST focuses on the needs of carers. We are here to listen to their concerns and offer them a range of imformation advice and guidance to help them in their caring role. 

We recognise the support carers need when careing for someone living with dementia and offer them support practically, financially and emotionally to enable them to manage their caring role.

By supporting the carers we are enabling those living with dementia to remain as independant as possible for as long as possible whilst enabling the carers to have a life of their own. 

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

More and more carers are now caring for someone with dementia and the age range of those living with dementia is decreasing It is no longer an illness of the elderly. This raises addtional challenges to carers who are still in full time work and in some cases raising a young family. The impact on whole families can be devasting as the the understanding of the needs of someone living with dementia become a reality.  Raising awareness of the needs of those living with dementia and to support the carers in their role is becoming increasingly important part of what we offer carers.  

Member website

carersfirst.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Support carers of those living with dementia

    Offer a range of support for those caring for someone who is living with dementia. 

    Work in partnership with Alzheimer's Society to run carer support groups

    Work in partnership with Alzheimer's Society to offer appropriate training to carers on the needs of those living with dementia

    Ensure all staff undertake dementia friends training

    Status:
    Being implemented