Caring for someone with a dementia

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Caring for someone with Dementia

When someone close to you has been diagnosed with dementia, it’s important not to underestimate the impact this may have on you. Many people find that they take on the role of a ‘Carer’ without making any decision to do so.

When you care for someone, it can be all too easy to ignore your own needs and to forget that you matter too. Looking after your own health and wellbeing can make it easier to manage and there is lots of support available.

If you are caring for a person with dementia who is close to you, your relationship will change as time passes. There may also be changes in your relationships with others. You may also experience feelings of loss as the illness progresses, and these changes occur. It can be difficult for Carers to cope with these feelings.

You may sometimes find the behaviour of the person you care for confusing, irritating or difficult to deal with, leaving you feeling stressed, irritable or helpless.

It can be helpful to understand the meaning behind the actions, and this can make it easier to stay calm and deal with challenges.

We recognise that as well as being rewarding caring for someone with dementia can be challenging. We are here to support you.

Information – we can provide information about support and services available and Carers’ entitlements and rights.

Support – we offer a listening ear, support groups, activities and training for Carers.

Carer’s Needs Assessment – we carry out Carer’s Needs Assessments on behalf of the local authority.

Kent Carer’s Emergency Card – we administer this free service to provide peace of mind when you are away from the person you care for.

Health and Wellbeing – we offer health and wellbeing sessions to Carers and work with GP’s to identify and support Carers’ own health and wellbeing.

Assistance with Welfare Benefits – you may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance and the person you care for may be entitled to Personal Independence Payment.

  • Dementia UK Admiral Nurses are mental health nurses specialising in dementia. Admiral Nurses work with family, Carers and people with dementia, in the community and other settings. Dementia UK
  • Alzheimer’s Society Alzheimer’s Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Alzheimer’s Society
  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Society Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Services (ADSS) is an independent registered charity, which has developed a wide range of multicultural services to provide practical and emotional support to people with dementia, their Carers, supporters and other relatives.
    Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Society
  • Dementia Friends People with dementia get by with a little help from their friends. And anybody can become a Dementia Friend. It’s just about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things you can do to help people with the condition. Dementia Friends learn a little bit about what it’s like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. This could be helping someone find the right bus or being patient in a till queue if someone with dementia is taking longer to pay. Every action counts. Dementia Friends

There is really no 'one' way to look after someone...every person is different and we can only do our best
— Anonymous

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, by 2015 there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK. The number of people with dementia is increasing because people are living longer. It is estimated that there will be 1 million people with dementia in the UK by 2025

There are many types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and Korsakoff’s syndrome.

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If you are caring for someone with dementia we can provide you with support, information and access to services.

If you would like more information or support from us, please contact us by e-mail, or telephone on 01304 364637.
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