The focus in on educating the general public, medical practitioners, nurses, allied health professionals and members of bodies such as charities, care homes, retirements homes etc. Awareness will be built using –
- Print (pamphlets, brochures, leaflets, newspaper articles)
- Visual (Dementia Film, television coverage etc)
- Radio (talk-show, interviews)
- Public/Open meetings for Dementia awareness
Directed towards those dealing with dementia on a regular basis to help them manage the day-to-day issues in caring for persons with dementia. The various groups targeted will include
- Family members as carers
- Individualized, tailor-made training programs and skills-building sessions will be offered to caregivers based on needs assessment conducted by the DEMCARES team. If you believe that you/your family member is in need of such training, please contact us here
- Professional carers such as home-care assistants & agency nurses
- Currently, a total of 60 home-care assistants have been trained by DEMCARES on 4 modules of Dementia Care. If you are interested in training sessions at your organization, or are looking for nursing assistants qualified in dementia care, please contact us here
- Nurses in hospitals and nursing homes
- Allied health professionals such as OT and Physiotherapists
- Medical professionals including general practitioners
The training needs of these groups will vary and a specific module for each group is being developed. Existing modules that have been developed and validated for use across the globe will be adapted to suit our needs locally.
DEMCARES RESOURCE DIRECTORY
Resource Mapping involves a compilation of a comprehensive directory of resources and support services available for the management and care of dementia in the city of Chennai. These services could include but aren’t restricted to shops, day-care centers, home-care agencies, nursing agencies, service providers (neurologists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, physiotherapists) or other resources (books, films, websites) that could be useful for persons with dementia or their caregivers
The first draft of the online directory and paper directory is available with a list and contact details of the service providers. The information collected will be shared with relevant stakeholders, with the overall objective of easing the pains of dementia and dementia caregiving in our society.
The resource directory is still evolving and we kindly request those with information about service providers in the city of Chennai to contact us with more information/additions/corrections.
The first draft of the online directory and paper directory is available online (please click on the link below) with a list and contact details of the service providers. The information collected will be shared with relevant stakeholders, with the overall objective of easing the pains of dementia and dementia caregiving in our society.
Dementia caregivers are invited to participate in the self-help support group service that currently meets at the Dementia Resource & Training Centre on Greams Road, Chennai. A small group of caregivers come together once a month (usually on the fourth Saturday of every month) to learn collectively from experts, share experiences, exchange perspectives and provide support to each other. Initially facilitated by the DEMCARES team, it is hoped that the support group will be a self-sustaining service in the long run; while resources will continue to be provided by DEMCARES, caregivers will plan and facilitate sessions on their own.
If you are interested in participating in the support group, or would like more information, please contact us here