Supporting people living with dementia as well as their carers is an integral part of Daybreak’s mission. Living well with dementia is not just a slogan, and it reaches further than the individual who is living with the illness.
Carers often find life difficult following a loved one’s diagnosis. As the disease progresses they may find their role in that person’s life has changed from that of son, daughter, lover or companion, into that of a carer. This is a very difficult transition to cope with and often carers feel guilty for feeling their loved one’s diagnosis has changed their lives too. Loneliness and a feeling of helplessness is what we want to tackle with our carer’s advice service. Not only does a Daybreak Club offer time to themselves for the carer, where you can rest, take part in your own beloved activities or work, but our Carer Support Officer is there to give practical advice and support to help you deal with the way your life is changing.
Some of you will already know Jitka from the Limes Club which she manages on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Daybreak is pleased to announce that Jitka is now also our Carer’s Support Officer.
‘My additional role at Daybreak is to provide support for all our carers. I hope to be able to run monthly carer support groups in the clubs and occasional evening events for carers, where we can meet informally and share information and experiences.
If you would like practical help with filling in forms, obtaining a Blue Badge, thinking about respite care or just chatting to someone, please get in touch with me. I will be happy to provide support and find out the answers! I shall look forward to meeting you all in due course – please contact me by my Limes email initially: firstname.lastname@example.org – I will be able to give you a dedicated email address and telephone number soon.’
Daybreak Clubs offer more than day care for people living with dementia, we offer care and support to their families and loved ones too and are happy to be of service. Think Dementia, think Daybreak!