If you look after someone with dementia you need to be at the heart of their care and support. You must get support to help you do this.
You also need to make sure you take care of your own health and wellbeing.
Get in touch with your local carer service. They may offer support specifically for carers who look after someone with dementia. They may also help you meet other carers in a similar position.
What is dementia?
The most common forms of dementia are Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies.
These destroy nerve cells in the brain which cannot be replaced to the symptoms get worse over time.
Dementia can cause memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding. Memory problems do not necessarily indicate dementia, as some forgetfulness is part of everyday life. More serious memory problems can be caused by many factors other than dementia. If you are concerned about problems with your memory, make an appointment with your GP.
You can’t cure dementia but there are drugs that can help with some of the symptoms.
Find out more about What is dementia? on the Alzheimer's Society website.
- You have a carer’s assessment. It is a chance to discuss your needs with your local council.
- Your GP knows you are a carer as they may be able to offer you support.
- You, and the person you care for, write a will.
- You have Lasting Power of Attorney sorted out for the person you care for.
- The person you care for has had an assessment of the their needs from your local council.
- You claim all the benefits you can.
- Someone has given you information on what dementia is and how it will affect the person you care for.
Carers Road Map: A guide for carers of people with dementia
Our Carers Road Map online guide is for anyone who cares for someone with dementia.
Legal guide to dealing with dementia
The legal guide to dealing with dementia, from Wright Hassell, could really help if you have recently been diagnosed with dementia or if you support someone who has.