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.


South Lakes Dementia Hub Facebook

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World Economic Forum

We need to take a lead from how the Dutch respect people living with dementia

A Dutch village built just for people with dementia. Read more: http://wef.ch/2ocOz8u

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Cycling going well will be cycling 80 miles along the Bay Cycle Way on 15th April, raising money for South Lakes Dementia Hub you can donate on Virgin Giving page under South Lakeland Carers

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Alzheimer's brain dissection

Shared from Defying Dementia

Comparison of a brain from an individual who was a victim of Alzheimer's, to that from a normal individual.

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The Bay Dementia Hub

The next The Bay Dementia Hub is on Friday 7th April in Lancaster.

Karen is an Inspector for the Care Quality Commission. She comes to the Hub to advise you how to choose a good care home, or how to get help at home, for your loved one.
She can also tell you what ... See more

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Thanks for the update Miriam

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Art Therapy Without Borders

The arts are medicine...

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Napping Can Dramatically Increase Learning, Memory, Awareness, And More

Many Europeans believe in the benefits of napping so much that they shut down in the afternoon to allow everyone to take a quick power nap, recharge, and come back to work.

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Join dementia research - register your interest in dementia research : Home

Research is needed for all dementia types, not just common forms. Anyone can sign up to Join Dementia Research
https://www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk/beginsignup

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Information, advice and entertainment provided by Age UK South Lakeland at Ambleside Parish Centre today.

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Kendal Leisure Centre

Every Wednesday afternoon at Kendal Leisure Centre 3-4 pm anyone over 55 welcome, table tennis, curling and other ball games a cup of tea and a chat, go and enjoy.

Active Life Games session - Suitable for age 55+ - Tomorrow afternoon - 3pm-4pm

Call 01539 729777 for more information.

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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.