Caring for someone with dementia

There is a lot of advice, information and support available if you care for someone with dementia

If you look after someone with dementia you 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.

Other organisations that can help

  • Carers' Stories is a resource from Cruse Bereavement Care. Developed by carers, it gives advice to carers about what can help when caring for someone with dementia. 
  • Dementia UK provides a helpline as well as local Admiral Nurse Support. 
  • Dementia Carers Count offers low-cost courses for carers caring for someone with dementia. Courses on offer  include practical advice and guidance and developing resilience.
  • Alzheimer’s Society has a lot of information for carers as well as an advice line and local support services. This includes Singing for the Brain Groups which use singing to bring people together in a friendly and simulating way. 
  • Age UK supports older people and has local services. 

There may be other groups for carers, and people with dementia, so ask your local carer service what is available near you.

Find out about free training courses to help you understand and cope with caring for someone with dementia. 

Caring for Someone with Dementia: A guide for family and friends

Have a look at our guide for carers of people with all types of dementia, including young onset dementia. The guide includes what to expect in the early stages of getting a diagnosis, advice about managing medicines, and thinking ahead to financial and legal matters. Although the guide is written for carers in Wales it has lots of information which will be useful wherever you live.

Download Caring for Someone with Dementia.

Make sure:

  • 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.
  • The person you care for has had an assessment of the their needs from your local council.

Date revised: 12/10/2020