A few facts about dementia..
- Dementia is now the greatest health concern for people over 55
- The economic cost of dementia is more than cancer, heart disease or stroke
- Currently, in Rotherham there are 1688 people on the GP Dementia register compared with a predicted prevalence of 3034
- It is estimated that by 2025 the number of people in Rotherham with Dementia will have risen to 4397
The majority of people with dementia are cared for at home by a relative or friend and the average age of a family carer is between 60 and 65 years old – a time in their life when they find they may be developing health needs themselves.
Info source: Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Dementia Strategy (2019)
The Carers Resilience Service works with all GP surgeries across Rotherham, to provide their patient carers with specialist Dementia Carers Support. We can help with the following:
- Easy Access for GP, health professional or carers can self refer via Carers Clinics
- Easy re-referral route
- CRS fits around carers’ needs
- Person centred support
- Support responsive to changes
- Improves carers’ own health – less time spent at GP surgeries for non clinical needs
- More carer support to improve the quality of care they provide
- Help to prevent the breakdown of the caring situation which can lead to emergency admissions for the cared for person
- Overall better management of resources – reduces re-admissions, delayed discharges, reduces unwanted residential care admission
- Increased awareness & recognition of carers’ issues and their needs
- Access to community support
- Increase in carer wellbeing
- Increase in carers’ knowledge
The Carer’s Resilience Service offer free Carer Awareness training workshops in surgeries for all Rotherham CCG GP teams.
Topics covered within the training are:
- What is a carer and what do they do?
- Carer facts for Rotherham
- The importance of carers
- What carers can offer professionals
- How to identify a carer
- The impact of caring for the carer
- What support carers need & how to support them
- Outcomes achieved from supporting carers
- Shared good practice
As well as providing Carer Awareness sessions we also provide Dementia Friends Sessions. People with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community.
A Dementia Friend is someone who:
- understands a bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and how they can help
- commits to turn their understanding into practical actions that could help someone with dementia living in their community and accessing their services
These sessions are held within your surgery for all staff (clinical and non-clinical) with each session expected to last up to 1.5 hours. All sessions are funded by Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group.
To book a Carers Awareness or Dementia Friends session please contact Rebecca or Carole on 01709 464574.