Supporting carers who look after someone with dementia
Carers Trust Wales have published Caring for someone with dementia: A guide for family and friends, a comprehensive resource that brings together the practical information and emotional guidance that carers need to support their own well-being.
Dementia is a syndrome that affects the brain and can cause memory loss, communication problems and mood changes.
Over 60% of the 48,100¹ people with dementia in Wales live in the community and rely on family members or friends to help them with day-to-day tasks, such as cooking, dressing, and taking medication.
Caring for a person with dementia is often rewarding but it can affect a person’s health and well-being, employment and personal relationships. Nearly half of carers of people with dementia also have a long-standing illness or disability of their own².
The coronavirus and lockdown has meant greater hardship for unpaid carers, with isolation, exhaustion, financial worries and poor mental health noted as the greatest causes of concern for families.
Carers have a right to maintain a life alongside caring, a right to have their voice heard and to information, advice and assistance. Carers can reach out to Carers Trust Network Partners and a whole host of organisations and groups for support for well-being, to get a break or respite, or to help you through an emergency.