Working in partnership with family carers: the importance of learning from carers' experiences

Joy Watkins (Development Lead Uniting Carers, Dementia UK, London, UK)
Lorely Stanton (A Carer, Bodmin, UK)
Barry Saunders (A Carer, Gillingham, UK)
Gillian Lasocki (A Carer, Ilford, UK)
Pat Chung (Senior Lecturer, Department of Allied Health Professions, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK)
Penny Hibberd (Director, Dementia Services Development Centre, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK)

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

ISSN: 1471-7794

Publication date: 17 June 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to discuss professionals working in partnership with family carers and the importance of learning from their experiences in designing and delivering support to themselves and people with dementia.

Design/methodology/approach

Working in partnership with carers is a key goal of policy and practice. This paper demonstrates how this can work in practice.

Findings

Key issues are synthesized, drawing on the stories of three carers who shared their stories as part of the original conference workshop on which the paper is based.

Originality/value

Lessons for professionals about the nature of the dementia caring journey and dimensions of good practice are highlighted.

Keywords

Citation

Watkins, J., Stanton, L., Saunders, B., Lasocki, G., Chung, P. and Hibberd, P. (2011), "Working in partnership with family carers: the importance of learning from carers' experiences", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 103-108. https://doi.org/10.1108/14717791111144713

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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