Dementia PALS (Peer Assisted Living) Community

1st
August, 2020

Covid-19 has had a disproportionate effect on BAME communities. Cultural difference and language difficulties have meant that it is has been even harder for some individuals and families from BAME communities who are living with dementia to understand and follow the restrictions


Caring for someone living with dementia can be stressful at the best of times without the added stress that comes with enforced isolation and rules to be followed to decrease the risk of infection which are not easily understood by someone living with dementia. We have received funding from the Race Equality Foundation to address these issues


In addition to providing support via this Dementia Diversity website to enable people to understand the Covid-19 restrictions and rules and get hints on how to overcome difficulties, we are setting up Dementia PAL Communities on ZOOM and will invite participants to 'meet' weekly. Dementia PALs which stands for Peer Assisted Living, is a support community which is a reassuring place where participants know they can chat safely to people who are in similar circumstances, without being judged. Being able to talk other people and listening to other people’s views and experiences will improve understanding

 

Although everyone's experience of dementia is unique, there is a great deal of common ground. Being able to talk to other people who know what it is like to live with and care for someone living with dementia is invaluable particularly with the added difficulties under lockdown. This Project will provide activities which can be done together to compensate for this, and give the opportunity to see and communicate with other people.  The sessions will provide time to enjoy activities together and will follow the format outlined for Saathi Connect, but membership of PALs will be people living with dementia and/or their carers


We will facilitate the setting up of Zoom Dementia PALs sessions and will work with current leaders and volunteers within Organisations to identify people living with dementia and/or their carers who would benefit from this Project. We will also provide support to potential participants to improve their digital skills to enable them to take part in the sessions


We would very much welcome the opportunity to work with organisations to complement the services which they already provide to the members of their communities, in particular their older adults


If you are interested in participating in this Project please contact us for more information. There will be no cost to your organisation associated with introducing Dementia PALs as it will be delivered through the Grant which we have received from the Race Equality Foundation


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