Whether you are a professional carer or an unpaid carer looking after a loved one, there is no doubt that it could sometimes be overwhelming trying to find the right information to help you deliver the best possible care.
There is a plethora of external resources out there that can assist care workers in their role – if you know where to look!
Bright Care’s Own Resources
At Bright Care, we provide continuous learning and development opportunities to our staff, and we are happy to open up our considerable resources to our clients and their families to help and support them on a practical basis.
In-House Training. We have a dedicated Bright Care Trainer and our in-house facilities are fully equipped with all the latest presentations and moving and handling equipment to deliver both theoretical and practical training.
In-House Library. Each of our offices has an information library with a range of resources on various subjects and medical conditions that often affect older people. These resources are open to both our staff and our clients and their families. We even have our own ‘Bright Care Cook Book’ which contains many simple recipes and menu ideas for care workers and staff.
Specialised Specific Issue Training. We often run smaller face-to-face training sessions and tutorials on specific issues of care that may not have been addressed in-depth at our induction training sessions. Such courses include the ‘Dementia Awareness’ workshop.
E-Learning. Our staff have access to a full range of online E-learning courses from First Aid Awareness to Adult Support and Protection.
External resources for Carers
There are a huge amount of organisations who have developed excellent websites, full of resources, advice and events that have proved invaluable to our staff in enriching the quality of our clients’ lives. Here are a few of the best:
- The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is the regulator for the social service workforce in Scotland. They protect the public by registering social service workers, setting standards for their practice, conduct, training and education and by supporting their professional development. Where people fall below the standards of practice and conduct, they can investigate and take action.
- The Care Inspectorate website hosts an online resource library with articles on many topics.
- Alzheimer Scotland provides a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers. They offer personalised support services, community activities, information and advice, at every stage of the dementia journey.
- Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland have an enormous amount of excellent resources on all aspects on Chest, Heart and Stroke issues, including the management of these health issues, the road to recovery, and also lots of excellent resources for the children of people living with these health issues.
- Playlist for Life harnesses the power of music and focuses on connecting people living with Dementia to musical memories.
- Carers Link work with carers throughout the East Dunbartonshire area providing tailored support, advocacy services, and links to events such as Dementia Friendly Opera Performances, Chair Yoga, Mindfulness, Autism Awareness and a Legal Matters clinic.
- Stirling Universities Dementia Centre is an international centre of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia. Their website has lots of suggestions on how we can more effectively work with our clients with Dementia, from developing skills to motivating people, encouraging independence, stimulating mental function, talking, reading, games etc.
- Care for Carers is a voluntary organisation based in Edinburgh which provides support services to all carers, and offers short breaks through their “Stepping Out” service to carers from across Scotland.
- Carers UK is a very good resource for carers to get advice, useful information and support.