Caring Matters February 2021

Durham County Carers Support quarterly magazine

Durham County Carers Support quarterly magazine


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Are you caring for someone living with dementia?

We are pleased to be able to offer you the opportunity

to attend a 3 session course full of useful information

and techniques to help you to manage what can be a

challenging caring role.

The Course Tutor is Amy Ryan who, in her role as Lead

Occupational Therapist with TEWV NHS Trust Older Persons

Mental Health Services, has a wealth of knowledge, skills

and experience to share.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions, engage in

discussions and learn from others. Session content will be

influenced by the things you would like to discuss and will

also include training in relation to the Positive Approach to


The Positive Approach to Care concept has been

developed by Teepa Snow, an internationally renowned

leading educator on dementia and the care that

accompanies it. As an occupational therapist with 40 years’

experience of clinical practice Teepa Snow’s approach

demonstrates how to support people living with dementia

by equipping both formal and informal Carers with specific

skills aimed at increasing understanding of what it is like

to live with dementia. Her approach is focused on care

delivery, rather than theories.

Positive Approach to Care training focusses on what skills

remain, rather than what is lost. It explains the changes in

the brain and why people living with dementia may behave

in a certain way and supports the care giver to appreciate

what it is like to live with dementia, to accept the person

with dementia is unable to change but that the caregiver

can be flexible in their approach to make care giving easier

by matching the approach with the specific needs of the


The sessions, which will last for 1.5 hours, will be held over

Zoom on

Thursday March 25th 1.30pm – 3.00pm

Thursday April 1st

1.30pm – 3.00pm

Thursday April 8th

1.30pm – 3.00pm

To book a place please contact Karen Wilson on 0191 500

6011 or email karen.wilson@dccarers.org It is advisable

to plan to attend all three sessions. If your caring role

would limit you from attending we may be able to arrange

a sitting service for the person you are caring for – please

contact Karen to discuss.

Armed Forces Outreach Service

Have you or the person you care for ever served in the

Armed Forces (regular or reserves)? If so the Armed Forces

Outreach Service (AFOS) may be able to help you.

Two ex-forces outreach workers (Steve Winter ex-Royal

Navy, and Spencer Wiggins ex-Army) offer support to

serving personnel looking to leave the forces, veterans and

their families who may be in need. Both Spencer and Steve

are SSAFA trained case workers and can offer advice on

housing, income, forces pensions, and benefits. They work

with organisations such as the Royal British Legion and

Citizens Advice to help you keep on top of payments and

bills and can also advise you if you are entitled to apply for

any financial assistance through forces charities.

They have access to local authority employment teams and

many other Forces employment organisations to help get

the best employment and training opportunities for service

leavers and veterans.

They are trained to help people from the Armed Forces

to find a home and settle into the community. They can

also give general housing advice and help with any other

housing matters or problems such as moving home,

homelessness, and rent arrears.

One client who was helped to find a new home said: “I

couldn’t of done it without your help, I’m glad this help

now exists for Veterans. It’s a weight off my shoulders and

one less stress, I highly recommend your service. I would

like to thank you for your efforts in helping me to achieve

what my family and I needed.”

Veterans and their families can also suffer from ill health


(both mental and physical), and loneliness and isolation.

The AFOS team can help signpost to appropriate veterans’

support services.

Remember, if you or the person you care for is exforces

then feel free to contact one of the armed

forces outreach workers based within Durham County

Council to see how they can help. You can email:

armedforcesoutreachworker@durham.gov.uk or telephone:

03000 268 000

Also remember to register with both your GP and Durham

County Carers Support the fact you are a veteran. Being

flagged as a veteran in your NHS medical notes will help to

ensure that you are able to access dedicated services for

those who have served in the UK armed forces.

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