HW Bristol and South Gloucestershire want to hear from dementia carers about what day-to-day life is like and what help they would ideally have to alleviate stress and help their mental wellbeing.
Many people caring for loved ones don’t always seek help as they don’t want to own up to any problems – fearing their 'charge' might be taken away into an alternative setting. This can also be an issue in BAME communities with language barriers another reason those caring for people with dementia don’t find support.
There are 850,000 people with one of the 200 different forms of dementia in the UK today and nearly 500,000 of these are being cared for at home. HW Bristol and South Gloucestershire want to hear these often untold stories to help hardworking, sometimes overworked carers, have their needs met too. Support is out there and, by working together on common issues, our project aims to help ensure more people find what they need to help them in their rewarding but often demanding role.
She added: “We know there are some great networks out there and we are lucky to be working with the best teams in the area regarding dementia but we really want to ensure this is about what matters to carers themselves.”
HW Bristol and South Gloucestershire also has plans to carry out co-production with carers or people with dementia themselves and are creating platforms in which to learn and share findings and solutions. The aim is to eventually build up resources and practical guidance pathways.
Our work has a reputation for making a real difference and we want this project to continue that tradition – if you would like to take part in a discussion, share your experience or influence the project focus please contact Julie Bird on;- firstname.lastname@example.org You can remain anonymous if you prefer.