This Carers’ Week, Age Scotland is launching a self-study platform for carers of people living with dementia.
Age Scotland’s Dementia Training team offers online workshops which make information on a range of rights and entitlements available to carers of people living with dementia and the professionals who support them.
However, the charity is aware that attending sessions at set times can prove difficult for people due to their unpredictable caring commitments.
The new self-study platform will allow carers to learn about their rights when it is convenient to them and without time constraints. The charity hopes this will increase accessibility of their training and help reach a greater number of carers.
Age Scotland’s Dementia Training Coordinator, Sandra Brown, said:
“Our dementia carers’ rights programme has been up and running for over a year now and we’ve found that many carers are unsure about their rights and really appreciate having them clarified in our sessions. By knowing their rights, carers are better prepared to tackle the complex and sometimes frustrating challenges they can face.
“We’re also aware that attending scheduled sessions can be challenging for a lot of carers due to the unpredictable nature of their caring commitments.
“We want to make sure our training is accessible to as many carers as possible so we’re delighted to be launching these self-study modules this Carers’ Week. Our new platform is accessible round the clock. Carers can take as long as they need to complete each module and support is also available from course tutors throughout.”
When considering booking Age Scotland training sessions in the past, carers of people living with dementia have said:
“The online courses look really interesting and I’ve booked on a couple of times, but I haven’t made it along yet. I never know what each day is going to be like.”
“The only time I’m guaranteed peace and quiet is between 11pm and 1am, so that’s when I log into the internet and do most of my reading and emails.”
Registrations for the first self-study modules opened yesterday (Monday 7 June) and access to course contents will be available from next week (Wednesday 16 June). To register, please follow the links below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registrations for the first three self-study modules open on Monday 7 June:
- The Carers’ Act (including Adult Carer Support Plans)
- Carers’ rights and hospital admissions and discharge
- Carers’ rights and Self-Directed Support
New self-study modules on Power of Attorney and benefits will be available from September 2021.
Self-study modules are available free of charge and learning will be supported by Age Scotland’s Dementia Training team.
Carers Week 2021 takes place between 7-13 June.