Malcolm and Barbara - a love story
7:13am 2nd November 2011
(Updated 7:33am 2nd November 2011)
It's hard and lonely work caring for someone with dementia.
Barbara Pointon looked after for her late husband who had alzheimer's for over 15 years before he died.
She's speaking in York today about the difficulties of it.
Barbara says she couldn't have coped without the Alzheimer's society and says there is light at the end of the tunnel for future careers.
The Story of Malcom and Barbara:
Care providers are being invited to a conference in York when major issues facing the sector will be in the spotlight.
Key speakers from across the national social care sector will be at the Care Providers Conference on Wednesday 2nd November.
The theme for the day is Focusing on Outcomes and Promoting and Providing Good Care and the conference will explore a host of topical issues.
The event begins at 9am at the Park Inn by Radissson York Hotel and care providers looking to attend can book on 01226 724459 or by clicking here.
Central to the day will be the results of a five-year study into the changes needed to enjoy a better quality of life when receiving care.
This study, the My Home Life programme, will be presented by Tom Owen of City University, London which conducted the research.
The conference will also feature Barbara Pointon who, along with her late husband Malcolm, featured in a ground-breaking television documentary 'Malcolm and Barbara - a love story', depicting the changes in their lives as they lived with Malcolm's dementia. She will talk around the theme of enlightened care at home or in a home.
Other key speakers for the event will include Bridget Warr, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, who will talk about the challenge of providing high quality care to people in their own home.
Sheila Scott, Chief Executive of the National Care Association, will discuss 'What Next for Social Care' Des Kelly, Chief Executive of The National Care Forum, will talk about how leadership can deliver better care.
Organisers Script Events say the one-day conference is 'a must attend event' for anyone involved in social care in the region.
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