Peer support for carers of people with dementia

Journal article citation:
Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 22(2), 2017, pp.110-118.

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe the development of Compass workers: a commissioned peer support model to support those caring for someone with dementia. Design/methodology/approach: The paper offers a descriptive summary of how Compass workers came to be and is informed by consultations with key stakeholders and a service evaluation encompassing both quantitative and qualitative aspects. Findings: The findings suggest that it is possible to make use of a peer support model to support those caring for someone with dementia in the context of support being provided to the cared for by statutory services. Both quantitative and qualitative data supported improvements in the quality of life for carers. Originality/value: Both health and social care are facing increasing pressures. This paper offers a positive approach to addressing these pressures utilising a peer support model to support carers that may be of value to others facing similar challenges. (Publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
peer support, carers, informal care, dementia, case studies, quality of life, models;
Content type:
practice example
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