Devon Carers is a consortium led by Westbank in Exminster that represents and supports unpaid carers of all ages and backgrounds across Devon. We undertake carers’ assessments and work in partnership with them to plan support.
- 11 July 2017
- South West
- Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA), Devon Dementia Partnership
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?
1. Devon Carers supports the wellbeing of unpaid carers of people living with dementia. This includes consideration of the needs and wishes of the person with dementia.
2. Devon Carers has several Dementia Champions across Devon and runs Dementia Friends sessions for staff and other partner organisations. In particular we will continue to run Dementia Friends sessions when we have new staff.
Develop the range of training opportunities for staff to learn about aspects of dementia and carer support appropriate to their role and needs of carers.
Ensure training is underpinned by the latest thinking in good practice and is evidence based.
Ensure staff have opportunities to ask for training and have it delivered in a timely way and in a way that gives practical support alongside the underpinning theory/evidence.
3. Devon Carers has a website with information that supports the partnership of family carer and the person they are caring for. In particular we will:
Invite staff from other organisations to attend our Dementia Friends sessions.
Meet with local organisations such as Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK to ensure we work in partnership and meet the needs of people living with dementia and their carers.
Be visible to the public as a service which works with other organisations and services.
4. Devon Carers has a designated Lead Practitioner for carers of people living with dementia and older people’s mental health.
5. Devon Carers runs regular training and support sessions for carers of people living with dementia to improve their resilience. In particular we will:
Undertake carer assessments on behalf of Devon County Council
Continue to designate a Lead Practitioner for carers of people living with dementia
Update and develop information on the Devon Carers website to support and maintain the relationship between the person living with dementia and their carer
Develop and deliver a range of training for carer of people living with dementia that meets their specific needs in terms of content, delivery method and geographical placement.
Ensure our staff are aware of the local support available for people living with dementia and their carers and pass relevant information to carers in a way that they are able to make use of it.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
1. Carers sometimes feel guilty and disloyal talking about their family member, yet knowing that they could not say these things when the person is there. Our challenge is to enable carers to feel safe, comfortable and supported.
2. In terms of training staff and carers – people are not always able to say what it is they need to know. Our challenge is to ask good questions to enable people to think about what would be most helpful for them to know and be able to do.
3. Carers are often tired or cannot leave the person they are caring for. Enabling them to access support is a challenge.