Support for carers

Providing support for carers

At The Ness Care Group, we are amazed at the strength, compassion and care families have in supporting someone who is living with memory loss.

Although we offer treatment and therapy for those living with dementia or memory loss, we are also here to provide support to their carers.

Have a look at our events section for our ‘carer’ courses and training, webinars and fun classes.

How The Ness can support those who care for someone with dementia

We often hear individuals saying ‘I don’t need any help’ but we strongly encourage anyone who helps someone living with dementia, to seek support for themselves as well.

There are 3 crucial reasons for this.

The person who becomes the primary informal carer will often live with the person 24 hours a day, for years. They can become more isolated, lose perspective and don’t look after themselves – causing them to become less happy, less resilient and less capable.

At The Ness, a core part of our service is building time out for the informal carer. If you want to stay resilient, make sure you don’t stop taking time for yourself!

Secondly the person living with dementia also needs to be among other people. Unless informal carers separate themselves and encourage time with trusted people, then shadowing starts to occur – where the person feels lost and confused when their primary carer is not in sight.

The Ness outreach team work hard in this area, building continuity in their therapeutic relationships and trust. We can then slowly become a trusted support.

Mike started joining a small group session every Wednesday morning. The group consisted of 4 people and a specialist facilitator each week they would talk, discuss topics of interest and the facilitator would prepare a carefully targeted stimulating session that pushed their minds through words, numbers, reminiscence or other systems. Each session lasted around 2 hours and there was lots of laughter, engagement and fun. Mike engaged really well and family/friends noticed an immediate increase in his language, his social confidence and his mood.

Finally, dementia is incredibly complicated, not only the disease itself but also navigating the health & social care systems.

At The Ness we have a carers empowerment group that helps families connect with other people going through a similar situation and that offers expert advice on dementia, social care
and funding.

In summary this chronic illness is incredibly hard, and the way to be the best carer you can is to ensure you get expert advice, time for yourself and to introduce others who will be trusted by the aperson living with dementia. At The Ness this is what we do! With you for the journey.

Our Services

Providing research-based clinical care and support to both families and individuals suffering from dementia or memory loss. We offer a complete range of care services that respond to changing needs.

Specialist Hubs

Our Hubs across Devon are open up to 6 days a week. We work with individuals at different stages of the illness. We run specialist therapies, offer information, support, respite for carers and access to a clinical team.

Group Therapy

Using the NHS recommended treatment called Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, we work with small groups in the early stages of memory loss.

Home Therapy

Our outreach team offer 1:1 support in the home and are highly trained and focus on building a therapeutic, consistent relationship to improve the individuals mental healthand social stimulation.


Our series of CST courses, training sessions and webinars are all available to book online and offer invaluable insights and guidance for those caring for someone with memory loss.


Have a look at the resources we have available: