Examples of our specialised support, working with people with dementia and their carers in Sunderland.

7th January 2020

Ongoing support for carers with the Essence Service.

Bill is male and aged 87. Bill was the carer for his wife who was diagnosed with dementia in 2016 and both have received Essence Phase 1 support since May 2016.

While engaging in the Essence service both Bill and his wife accessed a wide range of support and were regular attenders to Essence activities.

– Bill completed the Understanding Dementia and BUPA ‘Essence of a Carer’ courses

– Bill accessed a wide range of information and practical support arranging extra care at home

– Benefits were maximised

– Ongoing emotional support from Bill’s dedicated Essence support worker and carer peer support groups

As Bill’s wife’s dementia became more complex his dedicated Essence support worker was there to help support with respite options. Despite initial reluctance to accessing extra support the Essence support worker emphasised the need for the carer to look after his own wellbeing.

During the respite stay the carer arranged a trip to Manchester to visit a number of museums he had always wanted to see. He said this was the first time her had been away on his own.

Following the respite stay Bill’s wife entered full time residential care. Bill has attended the Essence Service Phase 2 carer sessions on his own and has benefited by spending time with other carers experiencing similar issues.

It is hoped that Bill will stay involved with the Essence Service Phase 2 group for his own benefit and to help new Phase 2 carers going through similar experiences.  It is nice to see male carers engaging in Phase 2 activities.

 A referral to Age UK Sunderland’s Social Focus service has been made with the aim of getting the carer involved in social activities.

**In line with our privacy and confidentiality policy names have been changed to protect client’s identities

To find out more call 0191 522 1310, email essenceservice@ageuksunderland.org.uk or drop in the Essence Service centre, at the Sir Thomas Allen Centre, Mill Hill Road, Doxford Park, Sunderland, SR3 2ND.

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