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Dementia carers invited to help design a new support program

Dementia carers invited to help design a new support program

Published:08 November 2017

‘Help giving’ image courtesy Bournemouth Borough Council via Flickr Creative Commons.

A new project wants to work with carers of people with dementia to create a chat group program which can provide information and support for carers from rural and remote areas.

The Caring for Carers of People with Dementia Project will use group videoconference technology, like Skype, to connect with caregivers of people with dementia in their homes.

“Initially we would like a small number of carers of people with dementia to take part in a co-design group,” says CQUniversity PhD researcher Annie Banbury.

“This will help us develop the resources and information needed for the planned weekly chat group.”

Ms Banbury is working on the project with CQUniversity Adjunct Professor Lynne Parkinson, with funding provided by a Dementia and Aged Care Services Research and Innovation Grant.

She says that co-design is a creative process increasingly used within the health and social care services, as it enables a range of people to help express and solve a problem.

“A key principle is that participants are viewed as experts of their lived experience and central to the design process,” Ms Banbury says.

“Participants will help us understand about carers of people with dementia and their lives, problems and needs, to shape our final chat group sessions.”

Anyone in Queensland can be involved in the co-design group. The eventual program will roll-out across the Cairns hinterland, Central Queensland and Wide Bay regions.

Those keen to be involved in the co-design content group are encouraged to contact Annie Banbury via 0438 168 121 or Professor Lynne Parkinson via 0410 574 005.
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