Going to stay at home
Supporting carers as they keep their loved one with dementia happily at home for longer
The Going to Stay at Home program has now concluded.
Going to Stay at Home is a program based on strong research evidence.
Going to Stay at Home was for people with a diagnosis of dementia, living at home and with a ‘primary’ carer. The program was particularly focused on those people who live a long way from dementia support groups or who have recently received a diagnosis of dementia. We recently completed a series of week long, residential training programs for the carer and the person with dementia at HammondCare Miranda in Sydney’s south.
The project was based in a brand new, 8 bedroom cottage. Staff provided all meals and support and were specially trained to reduce the worries of everyday life for the carer, so carers were freed to learn, discuss and prepare for the future. The person with dementia enjoyed a program of pleasant activities, including ‘brain training’ exercises, while meals and recreational times were spent with their loved ones.
Carers were provided with information and support on a variety of topics, including:
- Helpful strategies, including stress management; dealing with emotional impacts (stress, anger, grief, guilt) looking after yourself; communication; problem solving
- Understanding dementia
- Planning for the future: legal, medical and financial
- Developing effective personal, family, community and professional support networks.
The Going to Stay at Home project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Go to www.dss.gov.au for more information.