Action for Family Carers
Action for Family Carers is a registered charity supporting unpaid Carers across Essex. We provide information, advice, advocacy, practical, emotional and peer support, counselling, training, trips, activities and respite day care for Adult Carers and Young Carers. We work in schools, hospitals and community settings. We lead a group of charities providing the Supporting Carers in Essex countywide, all-age Carer support service. We are a Carers Trust Centre of Excellence and hold the PQASSO Quality Mark at Level 2.
- 16 January 2017
- East of England
- Charity, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Saffron Walden Dementia Action Alliance, Southend, Castle Point and Rochford District Dementia Action Alliance , Harlow Dementia Action Alliance , Chelmsford Dementia Action Alliance , Braintree District Dementia Action Alliance , Colchester Dementia Action Alliance , Epping Forest District Dementia Action Alliance , Tendring Dementia Action Alliance , Pan Essex 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?
We support Carers of people with dementia by:
- identifying and helping to address their needs as Carers to ensure their own health and wellbeing is maintained
- providing training on dementia and on related issues (e.g. first aid, manual handling, power of attorney, Mental Capacity Act)
- providing respite day care opportunities to give Carers a break
- bringing Carers of people with dementia together to provide peer support, sharing of knowledge and experience and to reduce isolation
- providing free counselling for those Carers that feel they would benefit
- supporting the involvement of Carers in care planning e.g. hospital discharge planning
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
- Carers don't identify themeselves as Carers (seeing themselves as family members - wives, husbands, sons and daughters etc.) and can be unaware of the support that is available to them
- Older people tend to be less likely to reach out for help
- There are still negative attitudes towards people with dementia and a lack of understanding of the condition and the different forms it can take
Support Carers of people with dementia to continue in their caring role while maintaining their own health and wellbeing
1. Raise awareness about people caring for others with dementia and the support that is available to them
2. Provide information, advice, advocacy, counselling, peer support and respite day care.
3. Support and enage in partnership activity to develop dementia friendly communities in Essex
- Being implemented