Healios and Carers Bucks launch new study on innovative service for carers of people with dementia
Healios has partnered with Carers Bucks, the charity which supports and promotes the wellbeing of unpaid family carers in Buckinghamshire, to launch a new study looking into the impact of its unique family intervention service on carers and families of those suffering from dementia. With 850,000 people now living with dementia in the UK and 670,000 carers, increasing resources and support is pivotal to providing a better quality of life for the entire family unit.
Healios’ innovative service model offers online, clinician-led, family intervention sessions that are proven to produce high impact patient and carer outcomes, as well as driving cost-savings for the local NHS and community services.
The new study will include eight online sessions for carers, and focuses on ensuring the service meets carers’ needs as well as determining future service requirements for progressing the dementia offering. During the study, carers can invite other family members, as well as their loved one with dementia, to join them in the online sessions. The aim of the study is to help reduce the burden and stress placed on the carer/family and consulting with the carers to develop and improve the service further. Healios has extensive experience in successfully providing their online intervention service for carers of people with mental illness, and expect the same positive results in expanding into dementia. In 2014, Healios partnered with Carers Bucks on a project supporting those caring for people with a mental illness, which is scheduled to conclude this summer.
Stephen Archibald, Chief Executive of Carers Bucks, commented, “We have a great track record of working with Healios and believe their unique online service significantly helps the carer and the person affected by a mental illlness. We are really excited to be working with the team on this new study to help meet the needs of carers and their loved ones with dementia across Buckinghamshire.”
Chief Executive of Healios, David Mckeigue, said, “We’re pleased to launch this study with Carers Bucks who are an innovative charity looking at transforming how carer services are delivered to meet the growing needs of Buckinghamshire residents. We are confident the study will meet expectations and gather feedback allowing us to further enhance our dementia offering. Healios’ mission is to empower the patient, family and carer to effectively develop a new level of knowledge, reach their goals and achieve a better quality of life – and expanding into dementia is another step toward this mission.”
Carers Bucks currently supports over 7000 carers in Buckinghamshire of which almost a third are caring for someone affected by Dementia.