The Stronger Carers Peer Support program provides support to people who care for someone living at home with dementia. This valuable support consists of 8 visits – 2 from the program facilitator and 6 from a volunteer coach. It is free of charge and you do not have to be a BaptistCare client.
The Stronger Carers Peer Support program provides coaching around the practical elements of caring as well as dealing with the emotional impact. The volunteer coaches have been carers themselves, so they truly understand what it is you’re going through.
By participating in this program you will:
Mary has joined BaptistCare to facilitate this program following a long career in a variety of dementia advisory roles supporting people living with dementia and their carers. She understands the impact of dementia, and has extensive experience assisting people of all ages, both in the aged care sector and those requiring support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Mary recruits, trains and supports the volunteer coaches who deliver the program. She also meets with each carer at the beginning of the program to identify their specific needs and then matches the most appropriate coach with each carer. At the conclusion of the program, Mary meets with each carer again to ensure that their needs have been met. If further unmet needs are identified, whenever possible, she will make referrals to the most suitable support services available.
Mary strongly believes that people with dementia and their carers should be treated with the utmost respect and understanding to ensure that both can enjoy the best possible quality of life.