Continuing Compassion in Care (CCiC): Exploring how informal carers of people living with dementia experience and maintain continuing compassion in care
Our aim is to explore the concept of CCiC in carers of people living with dementia and to develop a tool to assess CCiC and, to examine how this relates to carer psychological morbidity and potentially harmful behaviours towards people with dementia. This project is supported by an Alzheimer's Society Fellowship for Dr Nuriye Kupeli.
Family carers of people living with dementia provide care with little support and may experience self-critical thoughts, depression and anxiety. These experiences may be related to their levels of compassion for themselves and others. Self-compassion is related to better psychological well-being but how we can help carers to maintain compassion for themselves and others when faced with difficult situations?
We will explore the concept of CCiC experienced by carers. We will develop a tool to measure compassion and examine how this relates to carer psychological wellbeing and negative behaviours. We will co-produce a tailored intervention with carers to maintain and support compassion.