Dementia carers treated to a day out in Easebourne

Pam Buckland enjoys a manicure at Cowdray Hall

Pam Buckland enjoys a manicure at Cowdray Hall

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DEDICATED carers who look after those with short-term memory loss have been given a relaxing break from their day-to-day caring responsibilities.

A new Dementia Carer Wellbeing programme held at Cowdray Hall, Easebourne, included manicures and massages from a team of trainee beauticians from Chichester College.

Sixteen carers turned up to the free event organised by Carers Support West Sussex on Monday.

Sue Lawrence, who cares for her father with dementia, said: “Days like this are so uplifting. It means I get out of the house and helps me feel less isolated. I have never had a manicure before and also enjoyed the massage; it was all about time for me.”

Chichester District Wellbeing team ran free health checks and advice, and plenty of complimentary therapies and information packs were on offer for carers.

A spokeswoman for Carers Support said: “Feedback from carers has been very positive.”

The Body Shop also donated gifts which made up goody bags for carers to take home.

Alternative care providers and local sensory art experts were on hand to support the friends and relatives with short-term memory loss or dementia enabling their carers to enjoy the day without worry.

To find out more, call 01243 537011.