Riding the wave in Dementia care

Caring for a loved one with Dementia can feel like a lonely and overwhelming role.
In recognition of this, Caroline Ellis, Admiral Nurse Clinical Lead at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has led an initiative to offer help and reassurance to anyone feeling the strain.

The ‘Ride The Wave’ Goody Bag was created to give carers and family members a feeling of hope and support,

“The project name was chosen to remind carers that when times are difficult, sometimes you have to ‘Ride The Wave’ and things will settle down and get better. It is not to dismiss the difficulties they face but to acknowledge them and give reassurance that you will get to the other side,” said Caroline.

Thanks to funding from a variety of sources, including Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity, 250 goody bags have been created and distributed to the various outlets; Memory Cafes countywide, St Austell Social Prescribing Team, Launceston Hospital and a carers group in Hayle.

Each bag contains a specially created booklet signposting people to the many and varied support services they can tap into for support, notebook, pen, key ring, a reusable eco-friendly coffee cup, hot chocolate and biscuits, all in a jute bag carrying the scheme logo as a reminder of the message behind the project.

“Carers can feel isolated and not sure where to go next or who to turn to for support and I wanted to recognise this and provide additional support. Often the importance of self-care can be forgotten so many of the items in the bag are intended to remind people to take some time out, have a break, feel refreshed and to feel supported,” said Caroline.

It is hoped that the good bag and resources will help people access the most appropriate support and perhaps reduce unnecessary admissions to hospital which can be distressing for patients with Dementia.

Caroline Ellis is a specialist dementia nurse, supported by Dementia UK, in post to provide life-changing support for families affected by all kinds of dementia.

The Ride The Wave initiative has been possible thanks to funding from Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity, Dementia UK and The Dementia Partnership Board. With thanks to Co-Op Stores, West Search & Rescue Team, Cornwall County Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and David Gregory from the Memory Café for their help and contributions.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Ride The Wave initiative is asked to contact Caroline Ellis, RCHT.admiralnurse@nhs.net.

Added on 4 November 2021, in Charity - Where Your Money Goes

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