Susan, who is seconded to work with the Alzheimer’s Centre for Policy and Practice within our school, one day per week, has been working alongside school staff at our Ayr Campus on a joint initiative between the University Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock and the University of the West of Scotland, setting up a Carers Academy which offers support and advice to those caring for someone with Dementia.
The Carers Academy has also been shortlisted for a 2019 Scottish Dementia Award.
Susan, talking to the Daily Record said:
“We have a huge vision about helping people with dementia to live longer and healthier lives at home, if that’s what they want to do. A lot of people who are living at home are dependent on family members, so we wanted to try to support them in meeting the care needs of their loved ones. The Carers Academy has been running for six months. We focus on helping people develop practical skills so they can continue in their caring role. Our carers are totally inspiring in their commitment to their loved ones and their willingness to do what they can to help someone stay at home. It’s hugely rewarding to be part of it.”
The Carers Academy in its first six months has helped a lot of carers improve their understanding of the signs and symptoms of the dementia their loved ones are experiencing allowing them to put advance plans in place for future care. Being a part of the Academy has also helped reduce some of the isolation carers can feel and offers additional support through peer-to-peer learning as they share experiences with other carers in similar circumstances.
The winners of Scotland’s Health Awards will be revealed at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh, on November 14th 2019.