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Training for carers

The purpose of this factsheet is to inform carers of training and practical sources of support available to them.

The benefits of training and practical support for carers

Caring for a family member or friend can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience.  However, it can also present challenges especially when faced with new situations.  Most carers need help and advice at some point so that the best of care can continue to be given. Information and training are essential when caring for someone.  There are many places in the community where this information and details of training can be found: GP’s surgeries, local hospitals and clinics, libraries, local and national supportive organisations and information help lines such as Help & Care, or Adult Social Services offices. Below are listed some of the organisations offering local training, information and advice.

Furthermore, trained professionals and condition specific organisations offer practical support, for example, a nurse can offer training on the attachment of a catheter bag, inhaler techniques, pressure area care etc; occupational therapists can provide practical training on safe moving and handling; health visitors can provide information on specific conditions and coping mechanisms; and a condition specific voluntary organisation, such as Diabetes UK, can provide specialist advice.

Training workshops for Carers

Help & Care training workshops for carers

Help & Care, in partnership with Dorset HealthCare, and Dorset County Council will be running free, informal training workshops during 2015/16.  The workshops will support you with:

  • Basic first aid and safety (basic first aid, falls prevention, moving and handling)

  • Personal care (medicine management, nutrition, continence and infection control)

  • Money and legal service (financial assessments, lasting power of attorney, continuing healthcare)

  • Caring for those in later stages of life

  • Memory loss/dementia

  • Your caring role (caring for yourself, carer’s health, support for carers)

Each workshop will run for 4 hours and will be provided in a local venue across Dorset.  These informal workshops will provide useful information and be a valuable source of support. You will also have the opportunity to meet others carers and exchange your experiences and learn new skills in a friendly and supportive environment. To register your interest and to receive further information please call Help & Care on 0300 111 3303.

Carers’ courses in Bournemouth & Poole

Contact the Carers Team 01202 458204 for details of courses and to book a place.

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