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Carers’ Stories

Walking Alongside a Person with Dementia

Author(s): Gill Constable

Book Description

It is estimated that 750,000 people are living with dementia in the UK and 500,000 partners, family members and friends are involved in caring for someone with dementia at a value of £6 billion a year, if care was provided by health and social care services (Department of Health, 2009). This book is about hearing the stories of six carers; half the carers identified as lesbian or gay.

The findings were illuminating, as the carers did not experience the person with dementia as a burden, but rather found contact with health and social care services to be burdensome due to the fragmentation of services, an absence of knowledge about carers’ entitlements, and care services seeing the dementia first rather than the person. Positive aspects in the relationships between the carers and the cared-for endured.

This book is relevant to anyone who supports a person with dementia in a paid or unpaid capacity, or has a role in the provision or commissioning of services and wants to understand better the policy context, and, most importantly, the strategies that support people with dementia to maintain a sense of identity and wellbeing.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5149-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5149-3
Date of Publication: 01/11/2013
Pages / Size: 150 / A5
Price: £39.99


Dr Gill Constable is a qualified social worker and lectures in Social Work at Glasgow Caledonian University. Gill’s specialist interests are in the development of skills and the integration of theory, older people, biographical approaches, dementia studies, safeguarding adults, and the development of resilience. Dr Constable’s publications include “Working with Difference” in Safeguarding Adults in Social Work; “Older People” in Equality and Diversity in Social Work Practice; “Reflection as a Catalyst for Change” in Reflective Practice in Social Work; and “Case Recording and Report Writing Skills” and “Self-Presentation” in Social Work Skills with Adults.