iSupport For Dementia - Training and support manual for carers of people with dementia - 2021

Introduction

Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, a number that is projected to triple by 2050. Dementia causes significant psychological, emotional and social impacts on families, especially carers of people with dementia. iSupport aims to prevent and/or decrease mental and physical health problems associated with caregiving and to improve the quality of life of those caring for people with dementia.

iSupport is a self-help tool that provides skills and knowledge training for carers of people with dementia, including family members, relatives and friends. It includes five modules and accompanying exercises, namely: (i) introduction to dementia; (ii) being a caregiver; (iii) caring for me; (iv) providing everyday care; and (v) dealing with behaviour changes. The modules and exercises reflect those included in the hardcopy version of iSupport.

Course purpose

iSupport has been developed to provide accessible, evidence-based training and information, tailored to carers’ needs. It aims to improve knowledge and caregiving skills, such as carers’ ability to cope with dementia symptoms and care for themselves.  iSupport seeks to enable people with dementia to live in the community while preventing or reducing carer stress. The lessons included in this manual were carefully designed to help carers tackle the important challenges that they may face when caring for someone living with dementia.

Main objective.

Improve knowledge of dementia and caregiving skills, such as carers’ ability to cope with dementia symptoms and engage in self-care.

Audience

This iSupport manual is primarily for carers of people with dementia, including family members and relatives, friends, and other carers. However, iSupport may also be of interest to others, for example:

  • Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) providing skills training, support and/or information to carers of people with dementia.
  • health and social care workers providing care and information to carers of people with dementia; and
  • Private sector representatives involved in the development of health technologies for dementia, dementia health care service delivery or health care insurance.

Modules

  • Introduction to dementia
  • Being a carer
  • Caring for me
  • Providing everyday care
  • Dealing with behaviour changes