Time for Dementia restart

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

We are delighted to spread the word that Time for Dementia is re-starting from this Autumn.

Families affected by dementia in Sussex are invited to take part in an award-winning programme to improve dementia care. Time for Dementia pairs families affected by dementia with undergraduate students studying healthcare, helping the students to gain a better understanding of living with dementia, and develop skills to provide better care for patients and their families.

Designed to create a new generation of health care professionals, students visit a family affected by dementia in pairs over a two-year period, which provides a unique opportunity to see people affect by dementia in their own home. The visits are designed to enable students to see how a diagnosis of dementia can affect people and the challenges and changes that they may face over time. The students also receive supporting tutorials and lectures. Families will be visited by Alzheimer’s Society initially to explain the programme in more detail and answer any questions. Families taking part can expect to see the same pair of students up to 6 times over the course of 2 years of the students’ studies, with each visit lasting between 1-2 hours.

The Time for Dementia programme has been embedded as a core component of the curriculum at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and University of Brighton along with two Universities across Surrey and Devon with a range of undergraduate health care students. So far, more than 1,600 families and 4,200 students have taken part in the programme.

You can hear what some of our families think about taking part here.

You can download a leaflet here.

Evaluation of the programme has shown huge improvements in students' knowledge and attitude towards dementia. Additionally, students report that they have gained knowledge of what it might be like to live with dementia; that their confidence and skills in communicating with people with dementia has improved; and that they have more awareness of the role of carers.

For more information, to make a referral or to get involved, please contact Natasha Shutte on 07525 597503 or email natasha.shutte@alzheimers.org.uk

You can also follow them on Twitter at @Time4Dementia www.twitter.com/time4dementia

We have a long tradition of supporting people living with dementia and their carers.

For more information please visit www.guildcare.org call our Customer Service Team on 01903 327 327 or email enquiry@guildcare.org