Caring for carers: evaluation of a support program for carers of people with dementia

Social security Ageing Diseases Evaluation Dementia Australia

Caring for Carers (C4C) was initiated by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in 2009 as a pilot program to assist people caring for someone with dementia in the community. It provided carers with training and follow-up support, delivered by project workers experienced in community dementia care. Over three phases it developed into a personalised program of training and ongoing support. Using action research methodology in a program logic format, the evaluation gathered evidence from stakeholders, which was fed back to enable continuous improvement in program design and delivery. At the end of the program, an overall assessment was made of its impact on carers’ experiences and wellbeing.

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