The Carers Programme is a free support for carers of adults living in Co Donegal who have a health condition.
Examples of such conditions include: dementia, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, or any health condition that affects the person’s ability to function independently.
The aims of the programme are to:
- promote confidence and reduce levels of stress experienced by carers
- enable the person being cared for to remain living at home for as long as possible, if that is their wish
- increase the carer’s understanding of how the person in their care is affected by their condition
About the programme
It involves seven information and education sessions. There is one session per week, and there is no obligation to attend all seven sessions.
The sessions last between two-and-a-half and four hours. The duration of each session varies depending on what is being covered.
Healthcare Professionals from different services deliver the training, including: Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Nursing, Psychology, Social Care.
The Programme covers topics such as:
- Continence care
- Pressure care
- Nutrition and diet
- Training in moving and handling
- Training in Cardiac first aid response
- Education around entitlements and benefits for carers
- Managing stress
- Safeguarding vulnerable adults
- Palliative care
There are 3 programmes held each year for groups of up to 12 carers.
It is held in the Education Centre, St. Conal’s Hospital, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.
You can access the programme by phoning Diane Donnelly, Carers Development Officer on 087 277 0103.