SweetTree supports National Dementia Carers’ Day 2016
SweetTree is proud to be supporting National Dementia Carers’ Day 2016, a campaign that recognises the efforts of the thousands of people across the UK who are caring for someone close to them who has dementia.
Taking place on Sunday 11 September 2016, this year’s campaign will encourage members of the public to show their support for a dementia carer they know. This may be by sending them a card, buying them flowers, cooking them lunch or generally doing something to ‘show a carer you care’.
There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, two thirds of which are living and being supported within the community. Now in its third year, National Dementia Carers’ Day (NDCD) was introduced to recognise, share and celebrate the amazing job carried out by family and informal carers.
Community groups, charities and support groups are invited to share details of any local events they are holding to mark the national day, using #NDCD2016. Informal carers can also share their experiences and any advice they have for other carers, through dedicated website www.nationaldementiacarersday.co.uk.
“Informal dementia carers work incredibly hard every single day but their efforts often go unnoticed. That’s where National Dementia Carers’ Day comes in.” explains Barry Sweetbaum, founder and managing director at SweetTree Home Care Services.
“The awareness campaign was introduced to bring people together, to show carers they’re not alone and to help build dementia friendly communities. We hope that people will join us in getting behind the campaign by recognising, supporting and celebrating the efforts of an informal dementia carer they know.”
Rikki Lorenti, SweetTree Admiral Nurse, added: “Supporting someone with a diagnosis of dementia is not easy. It can be a rollercoaster for families and the result can be that maintaining quality of life for both parties can sometimes feel like an impossible task. The most important thing families can do is to keep talking and ensure they have all the support they need and that is available to them.”
In February 2015, the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 was published, which focuses on boosting research, improving care and raising public awareness about the condition in England. The government has committed to investing over £300 million into research and medical innovation.
As well as research, the challenge also wants carers of people with dementia to be made aware of and offered the opportunity for respite, education, training, emotional and psychological support so that they feel able to cope with their caring responsibilities and to have their own life alongside caring.
For more information and to get involved with National Dementia Carers’ Day please visit www.nationaldementiacarersday.co.uk