People living with Dementia can have very erratic and disturbed sleeping patterns, therefore so do their carers’. Some people with dementia can be ‘up and down’ as much as 20 times a night. Lack of sleep is one of the main reasons carers say they feel unable to manage and maintain the level of care needed in order to carry out their caring duties successfully. This is the main reason cited when alternative care options are sought, carers feel they unable to cope with their continuous and never- ending shortness of sleep.
The Sleep Matters programme aims to identify some of the reasons why people with living with dementia can’t sleep, then make a plan between the carer and person with dementia of things they can do to improve the situation. Sleep Support Volunteers will meet with the carer a couple of times until this is achieved, then maintain contact via telephone either on a weekly or fortnightly basis, offering ongoing support and to check on any progress made.
The Sleep Matters project will be headed up by 5 ‘Sleep Support Volunteers’ who have been trained and will be supported throughout by a qualified Sleep Therapist and a Salford Healthy Communities Health & Wellbeing Worker. All volunteers have undergone ‘Dementia Friends’ training and have up to date DBS checks.
Anyone who cares for someone living with dementia, and who suffers from sleep deprivation can take part in the project. If you are interested and would like to request a referral form, please contact Elizabeth O’Connor E: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0161 736 9207.
This project funded by the NHS and will run until July 2017. Salford Healthy Communities is commissioned by Salford City Council and managed by Unique Improvements.
Become a Sleep Support Volunteer
'Sleep Support’ Volunteers will be working one to one with families who greatly need their help. This is a great opportunity and the volunteers who took part last year thoroughly enjoyed the work and reported feeling a great deal of satisfaction in helping those who really needed support during difficult times.
This is a great opportunity for those looking to develop careers in health and social care as they will have a fantastic and unique experience to put their CV.
This opportunity is for Salford residents only.