FSCT (Frieda Scott Charitable Trust)  Funded Dementia Carer Service Co-ordinator

My name is Suzanne Duckworth and I am the Dementia Carer  Service Co-ordinator at South Lakeland Carers. I am also one of the Adult Carer Support Workers .

I have been working in the field of dementia for over 17 years and I have an Honours Degree in Health and Sociology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Dementia Studies. Previously I have worked with the Alzheimer’s Society as a Family Support Co-ordinator and then I had my own company Therapeutic Dementia Support Services for 7 years when I worked on a one-to-one basis with people with dementia and their Carers.

The National Dementia Strategy says “Family Carers are the most important resource available for people with dementia.”   Our specialist Dementia Support Service Co-ordinator along with the Adult Carer Support Workers will empower Carers of people with dementia (PWD) in South Lakeland to improve their wellbeing and continue in their caring role.

We will provide practical advice and emotional support, both on a one to one basis through our Support Worker and through peer support groups.  We will deliver training to improve Carers’ understanding of dementia and help build their confidence in caring. Carers will also benefit from our other services, including relaxation therapies, counselling and sitting service.  Our work will enable Carers to improve their health and feel more in control of their daily lives.  They will feel less isolated, have a greater understanding of dementia and will have developed strategies to manage their own wellbeing.


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Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual (AVO SESSION 2009)

A bit of Tom Jones to get you thinking about your playlist feel free to post your favorite tunes.
Happy Saturday everyone

Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual (AVO SESSION 2009)

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The idea

Something we are thinking of working on is making playlists with Carers and people with dementia. Music stirs such powerful emotions and memories.

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Free online course - Dementia Care: Staying Connected and Living Well

A course for carers, to help you stay connected to loved ones, manage stress at home and defuse difficult ... See more

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Dementia Care - Free online course

Free online course - Dementia Care: Staying Connected and Living Well

A course for carers, to help you stay connected to loved ones, manage stress at home and defuse difficult ... See more

A course for carers, to help you stay connected to loved ones, manage stress at home and defuse difficult situations.

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Thanks to Lynda and Eric Leigh for the great header photo, South Lakeland Carers with the help of their wonderful volunteer Shaun Blezard are currently making a film about Eric and Lynda's experience ... See more

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Timeline Photos

Please share and invite any one you think may be interested in knowing more about dementia.
Everyone knows someone with dementia.

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Kendal Directory

Kendal Dementia Action Alliance has developed its own directory of local services for those living with dementia, their family and friends and can be found at https://kendaldirectory.org.uk/

Information for people affected by dementia.

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Read Daniel's story

Danny is walking 62.1 miles around the Trough of Bowland on Saturday 18th March in aid of #defyingdementia and he will complete the route in JUST one day! To support him, please see here: ... See more

Daniel is raising money to help Lancaster University

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Why we made The Trouble with Dad… | Alzheimer's Research UK Blog

“The documentary The Trouble with Dad that I, David Baddiel, have made with my brother Ivor and SunDog Productions stars…my dad.

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The documentary The Trouble with Dad that I’ve made with my brother Ivor and SunDog Productions stars…my dad. That seems clear to me, when I watch it. The star of this film is Colin Brian ... See more

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South Lakeland Carers dementia services

Research gathered form A Road Less Rocky – Supporting Carers of People with Dementia published by the Carers Trust.

dementia support groupCarers support groups were found to be of value to carers of people with dementia according to several studies. In their systematic review of information and support interventions for carers of people with dementia, Thompson and colleagues (2007) found statistically significant evidence that group-based supportive interventions impacted positively on the psychological morbidity of carers of people with dementia (but they did not find any evidence for positive impact of any other form of intervention) (Thompson et al, 2007). A facilitated focus group provided for carers of people with dementia in Callaby and colleagues’ (2012) research was considered successful by carers because it involved social contact with others in the same situation and also provided physical activity. Members of therapeutic support groups in Manslow and Vandenberghe’s (2010) study valued these groups because they enabled them to acknowledge their feelings and experiences.

Carers also received support and validation from other members of the group. Specialist groups for black, Asian and minority ethnic carers of people with dementia gave members the opportunity to socialise without the stigma of dementia putting constraints on their enjoyment (Mackenzie, 2006). The groups also gave carers the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings and enabled them to realise that they were not alone. Spouse carers in O’Shaughnessy and colleagues’ (2010) research also benefited from being with other carers of people with dementia; they gained a sense of belonging and emotional validation from attending carers support groups. Support groups were also seen as being useful for getting information/advice and for providing learning opportunities (O’Shaughnessy et al, 2010; Quinn et al, 2008). Carers in Chaudhry’s (2008) study found the groups useful as a place to learn about dementia and local services, and they had reduced levels of stress following the programme of seven weekly groups than they had had prior to the groups starting.

Dementia Carer Support Group meets every third Wednesday in the month at our offices and Shap Road, from 10.30am-12.30pm for peer suppor, advice and information.