Developing a support group for carers of people living with dementia
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Developing a support group for carers of people living with dementia

Lauren Daughtrey Nurse specialist, dementia and delirium, University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust, Bournemouth, England
Michele Board Principal academic, nursing older people, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, Poole, England

Why you should read this article
  • To understand the role of carers of people living with dementia

  • To learn about the benefits of a support group for carers

  • To recognise the importance of collaboration when designing carer support groups

Significant numbers of people in the UK care for someone living with dementia. Providing support for carers is socially and economically important, enabling them to continue in their caring role and improving their day-to-day experience of caring. This article comprises a reflection by one dementia nurse specialist who ran a six-week educational support group for carers of people living with dementia. It describes the development of the group and the challenges faced, as well as discussing the future of the group, including the need to ensure its sustainability through collaborative working. The article also details some of the positive outcomes described by carers who attended the group.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2021.e1315

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

mboard@bournemouth.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Daughtrey L, Board M (2021) Developing a support group for carers of people living with dementia. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2021.e1315

Published online: 27 January 2021

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