Carers of people living with dementia

Is the HOPE carers course for you?

The HOPE carers course is an interactive, group-based, self-management support course, which runs for 6 weeks, with each weekly session lasting 2.5 hours for groups of between 8 and 12 participants.

The course has been developed by Coventry University for Coventry City Council. Self-management is beneficial in many different ways. If you are the kind of person who benefits from the support of others HOPE is ideal for you.

HOPE facilitators go through a training programme, but more importantly they have either been personally affected by dementia or are dementia professional. 

The HOPE course provides  a supportive, friendly, confidential, group setting which will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to cope with many of  the frustrations, fears and sense of isolation that caring for someone with dementia can bring.  The course deals with:

  • Goal setting and action planning
  • Looking for solutions to problems
  • Stress management (e.g. mindfulness and relaxation)
  • Fatigue management
  • Emotional management
  • Identifying your strengths
  • Becoming more positive, grateful and appreciating life more
  • Healthy lifestyles (e.g. eating more healthily and physical activity)
  • Prioritising the important things in life
  • Communication skills

 

How does HOPE help?

Our research has shown that after attending the HOPE carers course participants feel:

  • More confident and motivated
  • More grateful
  • Less depressed and anxious
  • More positive and happy

 

What do carers say about the HOPE carers of people living with dementia course?

I enjoyed the coming together with others in a similar situation, being able to talk about the caring experience to people sympathetic and able to suggest possible solutions and without feeling guilty about ‘boring’ them.” (Carer)


Benefits to organisations and commissioners

When participants attend this programme, they take a more active role in managing their health which can result in fewer consultations with healthcare professionals  and more effective use of healthcare resources.

 

Further Information

The HOPE carers course is run by HOPE 4 The Community. Contact us for further details

 

Are you interested in a bespoke HOPE course for the people you support?  Contact us 

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