To celebrate World Alzheimer’s months (21September), we are shining a spotlight on interventions that CWPT offer to support both people living with dementia and carers who play a vital role in supporting people with dementia in every aspect of their lives.
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST)
CST is a NICE recommended treatment to support people with mild to moderate dementia. CST aims to actively stimulate and engage people with dementia, whilst also providing an opportunity to develop social skills. This intervention has demonstrated that its effects appear to be of a comparable size to those reported by currently available anti-dementia medication. CST is delivered on a weekly basis for a period of 14 weeks and group members are the offered the chance to attend the CST maintenance program which is facilitated by our colleagues at AGE UK. Group members can attend CST face to face at one of our chosen locations (within Covid guidelines) and virtually.
Coping with Caring Group (CWCG)
Our coping with caring group aims to support carers, to explore ways to build a compassionate understanding of their own needs, the needs of the person they care for and reflect on how they give and receive care. Within the group we support carers to develop new strategies to help manage the challenges of caring for someone with dementia, to improve the communication with the person they care for and achieve greater emotional balance for themselves. The program is delivered over a six-week period with sessions taking place on a weekly basis. The group is delivered both face to face and virtually.
Coping with Forgetfulness Group (CWFG)
The Coping with Forgetfulness group aims to support people in their early stages of dementia and help individuals understand the changes that will occur as part of the condition. The group are also taught strategies that will help them to cope and adapt to the cognitive changes with the primary focus being on “living well with dementia”. The program is delivered over a 6-week period with sessions taking place on a weekly basis. The group is delivered both face to face and virtually.
Our post diagnostic group session that is offered to families after diagnosis of dementia. The aim of the intervention is to provide a supportive environment to ask questions about their diagnosis and the support available, to offer some psychoeducation and problem solving and to connect people with others in a similar situation to help people feel as though are not alone in their dementia journey.
If you would like to speak to someone about our interventions or would like further information, please contactCWPT.Enquiries@covwarkpt.nhs.uk and ask for Sharon Murphy, Service Manager.