Carers Week 2023
Carers Week 2023 is 5-11 June and the theme is "recognising and supporting carers in the community".
We are holding or attending three events in Carers Week:
1) Monday 5th June, County Hall Glenfield, 10am - 1pm. Book your free place here.
2) Tues 6th June, Countesthorpe Library, 2:30 - 4pm - Blaby District carers group. The activity on offer is gentle seated yoga and the leader will be Gurjit. This is for carers only.
3) Thurs 8th June, Age UK Earl Shilton LE9 7NL from 1:30 - 4pm - our own drop-in information event for Leicestershire carers, with lots of stallholders to meet and talk to, a complimentary cream tea and the chance to speak privately with a Carers Wellbeing Officer if needed. No need to book, just turn up, with or without the person you care for.
‘I live with dementia’ campaign by Dementia UK
Download the new guide from Dementia UK https://www.dementiauk.org/ilivewithdementia/sign-up/
Every three minutes in the UK, someone develops dementia – and all too often, families struggle to know where to turn and are left feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and alone.
Because if you love someone living with dementia, you’re living with it too.
That’s the message behind Dementia UK's ‘I live with dementia’ campaign and why their specialist dementia nurses have put together our new ‘Living with dementia’ guide, which is designed to help you navigate the many changes and challenges of dementia.
‘Living with dementia’ is written by specialist nurses – who are known as Admiral Nurses – people living with the diagnosis and their family and friends, and is full of the information you need right now, whether your loved one is yet to get a formal diagnosis or is in the later stages of dementia.
You’ll find ‘need-to-know’ facts about the key issues that may be on your mind – from understanding changes in behaviour and living well with dementia to managing family dynamics and exploring care options.
What’s on in June
VASL Unlocked! SFC Team Photo
Here is the SFC team - Sheneice, Liz, Hannah, service manager Kerry and Lisa - at the VASL Unlocked! event at the Three Swans in Market Harborough, 22 June 2022. Not pictured, Gurjit and Elaine who were not able to attend.
Study into experiences of DNR conversations with doctors
One of the most difficult conversations you might have as a carer comes when your cared-for is so poorly that you and the doctors think it would be kinder not to resuscitate them if their heart were to suddenly stop beating. This is sometimes called a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) or DNAR (Do Not Attempt Resuscitation) order.
This is obviously a very tender conversation and sometimes it hasn't been handled as well as it might be, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. They are trying to fix this and learn lessons for future.
If you have experience of having a DNAR conversation with healthcare staff since March 2020, and feel up to discussing it with a researcher, Michaela Hubmann would like to speak to you. The interviews would take place over the phone or via Skype/Zoom as you prefer. Please email [email protected] for further details.
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