carers

Benefits for carers: are you getting all the financial help you can?

Factsheet providing information and guidance on how the benefits system works, which benefits carers may be entitled to claim and how to go about it.

Rapidly declining early-onset dementia : living at home with nursing support

Video illustrating the impact of early-onset dementia and the positive effect of skilled, knowledgeable support for the carer.

Making recovery a reality

Paper describing some of the key ideas around recovery from mental health problems and looking at their implications for the delivery of mental health services. It aims to stimulate debate about how the recovery approach can be put into practice and what services need to do to make it happen.

Study of the workforce and employment issues surrounding self-directed support

Report that presents the findings of a study of the workforce and employment issues surrounding Self-Directed Support (SDS) carried out by Reid Howie Associates for the Scottish Government between March and September 2009.

Self-Directed Support (SDS) provides funding for people to arrange support to meet some, or all of their assessed community care needs, instead of receiving services directly provided by a public body. Most people use the money to employ a personal assistant (PA) and/or to buy support from a service provider.

Understanding dementia

Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales and has produced information on many areas of mental health. A diagnosis of dementia can be a devastating blow to an individual, their friends and family. This booklet looks at some of the possible causes, and tells you what can and can't be done to alleviate the condition. It also explains where you can get further advice and information, and how to access help.

Autistic spectrum disorder : a practical approach at home for parents and carers

Booklet containing information and advice on creating a supportive environment in the home for children with autistic spectrum disorder.

Adding life to years : report of the Expert Group on Healthcare of Older People

Report providing an overview of the major health problems of older people and their journey of care. It also looks into the question of possible age discrimination in NHS Scotland, points to examples of good practice and makes recommendations for improvements.

Putting people first without putting carers second

Report looking into the challenges local councils and health trusts face in making personalisation a reality for carers and those they care for. It also identifies a variety of solutions already in place to meet these challenges, often involving partnerships between voluntary sector carers' services, councils and the NHS.

Citizen Leadership Programme

A series of 12 videos commissioned by SCLD (Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability), EDG (Edinburgh Development Group) , Heartfelt, ARC (Association for Real Change) Scotland on the subject of Citizen Leadership. Each video features a service user or carer talking about their experiences.