Dementia Course for Informal Caregivers
Discover our 10 week programme for relatives an informal caregivers listed below. This course is intended for family caregivers, relatives and friends of persons with dementia. The term “family caregiver” refers to those persons who care for relatives and their loved ones and are not formally paid for the service they render. Research has established that most care is provided by these family caregivers. One of the objectives of the Malta National Dementia Strategy 2013-2020, is to improve the quality of life of individuals living with dementia, their caregivers and family members. The more you know about dementia and what to expect, the more prepared and less stressed you can be.
This 10-week programme which will commence on the 18th of February will be held at the training centre at St. Vincent De Paul Long Term Care Facility. Subsequent courses will be announced in the future.
- Once a week
- 2 Hours Session
- Interactive and practical approach
- Work Group of 5-8 caregivers and facilitator
The following is the programme that will be covered during the course:
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
- In order to take good care of your family, you must also take care of yourself;
- Neglecting your own well-being can be harmful to you and your loved one;
- Burnout, depression and health problems, are frequent challenges and requires help;
- Maintain a healthy social circle of friends;
- Take signs of overeating, lack of sleep and tiredness seriously.
- Updated information on dementia;
- An opportunity to experience dementia from the client’s perspective through various workshops and exercises;
- A better perspective on what can be done to eﬀectively keep individuals with dementia in the community;
- A means for caregivers and relatives to understand what to expect from the diﬀerent stages of dementia;
- An opportunity for caregivers to share their experience;
- A programme that acknowledges the caregiver’s eﬀort to keep their loved ones at home as long as possible.