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Caring with Confidenge Courses

Eleven courses were developed during the project. These courses are designed to meet the information needs of carers throughout the carer’s journey.

Carers Information Days, Caring for an older person at home and Caring for someone with a long term condition give general information which informs carers about services available in their area, equipment and adaptations, and benefits. Help is also given to carers to understand changing relationships and the emotional impact of caring and techniques to look after themselves. These courses range in length from one day to six weekly sessions.

Carers Information Day leaflet (page 1) (151 KB)
Carers Information Day leaflet (page 2) (75 KB)

Caring for an older person at home leaflet (page 1) (153 KB)
Caring for an older person at home leaflet (page 2) (63 KB)

Caring for someone with a Long term condition leaflet (page 1) (169 KB)
Caring for someone with a Long term condition leaflet (page 2) (63 KB)

A series of longer courses for carers of people with lung conditions, dementia, and stroke offer information about the condition, treatment, medication, as well appropriate services and benefits information. These courses offer carers the opportunity to learn about looking after themselves and about how to minimalise the emotional impact of caring.

Caring for someone with a lung condition leaflet (238 KB)

Caring for someone with Dementia leaflet (66 KB)

Caring for someone who has had a stroke leaflet (189 KB)

Caring for a child with additional needs is a course specifically designed for parent carers caring for a child less than 16 years of age. This course gives parent carers an opportunity to meet other parent carers and learn about children’s dietary needs, medicines, social work services, assessments and the educational system. A session on effective communication with professionals help carers makes the most of the information from earlier parts of the course. In addition there are sessions on how caring affects people and changing relationships.

Caring for a child with additional needs leaflet (200 KB)

Caring for someone with mental health problems has information about mental health problems, treatment options and available services. Other sessions cover challenging behaviour and information about the provision of the Mental Health Act. As with the other courses there are sessions on the effect of caring and ways that the carer can look after themselves.

Caring for someone with mental health problems leaflet (194 KB)

The following courses Looking after yourself and Looking at the emotional impact of caring give carers the opportunity to explore their feelings about how caring affects them and to learn ways of dealing with stress.

Looking after yourself leaflet (178 KB)

Looking at the emotional impact of caring leaflet (73 KB)

The Moving and Handling course trained carers in their own homes. Staff from NHS Lothian Moving and Handling Team delivered a theoretical session to the group and then a practical one to one session with each carer at home. Following the home training the Moving and Handling trainer produced a summary report for the carer about the moving and handling issues and recommendations of equipment or services required. This report was particularly appreciated by carers.

Moving and Handling leaflet (67 KB)

What carers said about the training:

‘I feel more confident handling my husband when seated or following a fall.

'It’s made me more confident in helping him because I was definitely lifting him the wrong way before.’

‘Particularly the home visit I thought that was excellent, dealing with my husband there, as well. I thought that was really worthwhile’.

What one carer said about the report:

‘Because the trainer wrote a report and forwarded a copy our GP, the doctor referred it to social work so they’ve been out and mum’s got side rails on her bed now and an emergency alarm ’.

Glasgow Caledonian University separately evaluated the Moving and Handling course producing an evaluation report in January 2009 which found affirmed the benefits to carers. Whilst caution should be taken because of the sample size the findings are very encouraging.

Evaluation report of Moving and Handling course (195 KB)

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