SCIE press release

Carers Trust report on carers of people with dementia

19 September 2013

A new report finds that carers of people with dementia are not getting the support and advice they often desperately need. Here is SCIE's response to "A road less rocky"

Carers play an absolutely vital role in the care and support of people with dementia and yet - as highlighted in The Carers Trust report - they often have to battle with the health and social care system to be heard. Care staff need to work alongside carers - valuing the expertise that they have, whilst recognising they also need support.

SCIE's Dementia Gateway emphasises the importance of working in partnership with carers - particularly during periods of change such as when someone is diagnosed, when they go to hospital, move to a care home or are in the advanced stages of dementia. These are especially stressful times and whether you work in the person's own home or in a care home, you are taking part in a very important time in the life of the family. Good care services recognise this and build in plans to provide extra support carers at these times.

SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe.

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