Fergus Timmons, the Training Manager in the Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI), very kindly joined us at the cafe this month. Fergus talked to us about Family Carer Training and some of the other services offered by the ASI.


Family Carer Training

This is a six week course aimed at supporting family members who are caring for loved ones with Dementia.  A face-to-face and on online version of the course are provided. The content of both is the same and it includes:

  • Understanding Dementia
  • Changing Relationships
  • Communication and Responding to Behaviour
  • Nutrition and Eating Well
  • Engaging in Life Activities
  • Personal Care
  • Safety in the Home
  • Looking After Yourself as a Carer
  • Accessing Information.

The face-to-face course consists of six sessions, which are held on a monthly basis, usually in the evenings. Each session lasts 2.5 hours. Although primary caregivers will get first priority, the course is open to everyone who is interested in taking part.

The following dates and times of upcoming courses have been confirmed by the Alzheimer Society.

Dublin South – Bloomfield Hospital, Stocking Lane, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. Mondays 7.00pm to 9.30pm, from 11th September until 16th October 2017 inclusive.

Kildare – The Westgrove Hotel, Abbeylands, Clane, Co Kildare. Wednesdays 7.00pm to 9.30pm, from 13th September until 25th October 2017. (no class on Wed 4th October)

Meath – Whistlemount Day Centre, 6 Liscarton Villas, Kells Road, Navan, Co Meath. Mondays 7.00pm to 9.30pm, 11th September to 16th October 2017 inclusive.

The online version of the course is called Home-Based Care-Home-Based Education. It features the same content as the face-to-face course but it will be held exclusively online and can be completed from the comfort of your own home.

To book find out more about either of the training courses: email christine.carr@alzheimer.ie or call 01 2073834.

You can also find out more about the training courses and download the course application form on the Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s website – click here.



Fergus also talked to us about some of the other services available from the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, such as Day care (10-3 activities & lunch) and home care support.


  • Day Care in Monasterevin on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Day Care in Maynooth on the 2nd Saturday of the month
  • Drop-in Centre in Clane

Contact Mary Bolger for more information (086 607 5089 / 059 863 2906)

For a list of services in the Kildare area: click here