Module 3 recognises the role of informal carers for dementia patients, who they are, where they are, and what role they play in enhancing wellbeing for patients. It is now well documented that the role change and strain placed on informal carers can impact their own health and wellbeing negatively. The contents of Module 3 give insight into the toll that providing unpaid and often unrecognised care for dementia patients can have. Health professionals need to include informal carers into their care planning and this added insight may facilitate the provision of informed, individualised care.
The theoretical knowledge gained from this module is enhanced by additional learning opportunities. The content of this module is linked to examples in Ed’s narrative, activities and learning strategies to better understand the concepts.