Innovation in Dementia Care at Home Award

This Award honours the memory of Thelma Harvey, founding Trustee and Chair of Hope for Home. Hope for Home is dedicated to helping people with dementia and their families at home.

Innovation in Dementia Care award

2019 Winner - St Giles Hospice

The Carers Course is a four week informal course for unpaid carers who are supporting people with dementia.

It is run by Dementia Support Workers (DSWs) from the Care Improvement and End of Life service - a collaboration between St Giles Hospice and Pathways4Life (Accord) which was created in response to the challenge of supporting people with dementia dying in hospital.

The DSWs originally worked with care homes, but since November 2017 they have also run Carers Courses in the community aimed at supporting unpaid carers.

Earlier research into training for unpaid carers has found that education about dementia and the role of carers improves understanding, quality of life and resilience for family carers, as well as enabling care to be provided at home for longer.

Each session lasts for two hours and covers a range of topics, including how carers can look after themselves, how to deal with challenging behaviours and support around having advance care planning discussions.

Since July 2019, more than 70 carers have attended the course which is being used by St Giles to develop new services around education for carers in other regions of their catchment area.

What the judges said:

"This entry showed a clear evidence base, was well planned and proposed direct benefits stated. It extended beyond care delivery time and is starting to demonstrate direct outcomes. The reach to unpaid carers (71) over 13 sessions demonstrates a sustainable approach.  

"We were delighted to see that a carer was part of the curriculum design group for the programme."

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