Navigating the challenges of caring for someone with dementia can be a daunting task, requiring a unique set of skills and a deep understanding of the condition.

Recognising this need, the Fraser Coast community welcomes a valuable resource – "Caring for People With Dementia: A Practical Guide."

Developed by HBNC's Seniors Legal and Support Service (SLASS) team, in collaboration with the Fraser Coast Dementia Alliance, this handbook serves as a go-to resource for local caregivers and the wider community.

The guide provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of dementia, unravelling the intricacies of the condition.

It explains the various challenges caregivers may face, shedding light on the emotional and practical aspects of caring for someone with dementia.

By fostering a deeper understanding of the condition, the guide aims to empower caregivers and promote empathy within the community.

The creation of this invaluable handbook is attributed to the dedication and insight of Karen Scott, a Seniors Legal and Support Service case worker, with Gayle Greenall from the Fraser Coast Dementia Alliance.

Their collaborative effort came about from a staff pitch in the HBNC leadership program, with the aim of addressing the needs of those touched by dementia.

Karen Scott said, "As a Case Manager with Seniors Legal & Support Service for the past 5 years, my primary role has been to assist victims of elder abuse. A common scenario that we see when investigating new referrals is that of carer stress. Family members and carers of people with dementia can become overwhelmed when they do not have the relevant information or resources to be able to confidently manage such a life-changing diagnosis for their loved ones. I am hoping this practical guide can give our precious carers that confidence they need and in turn, alleviate the growing trend of carer stress."

As a result, "Caring for People With Dementia: A Practical Guide" stands as a testament to the power of community collaboration in providing essential support and information for caregivers in the Fraser Coast region.