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Caring For Carers

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Milkwood Admin

On Friday 1st October, Group Manager Michelle Newcombe, along with colleagues from Milkwood House, presented a Caring for Carers gathering in connection with The Princess Royal Trust For Carers. The morning event was held at a local church in Petersfield. The aim of the meeting was to talk to carers in the community who look after loved ones at home, with the view to offer support from care professionals. Without this type of support, carers in these situations can feel lonely and unable to talk to others that have a true understanding of the difficulties that can be faced. Often a daunting subject for carers in this situation is the idea of placing a loved one into a care home. Our team discussed the progression in dementia care over the past few years in the terms of awareness about the disease and the impact that it can have on the lives of the carers. Most importantly, our team were also keen to relay information about how better to communicate with dementia sufferers through person-centred care. We are keen to take these meetings on a regular basis and have invited The Princes Trust to hold regular support groups in our homes with the aim of providing better outreach for carers at home. The next group meeting has been set for 27th November at Milkwood House, where Claire Skilton, of The Princess Royal Trust For Carers will be presenting alongside our Team.

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