Carers support is equally important as support for those with dementia. Support can help carers cope and manage with the everyday strains, stresses and challenges that can affect somebody caring for a person with the disease.
Whilst it is important to remember the support that those people who are experiencing dementia themselves crucially require it is also vital not to forget the difficulty of supporting an individual. This will inevitably mean that carers and family members equally require help and assistance from time-to-time.
Carers support groups are numerously available in the UK.
Support groups can give you a tremendous source of information as well as enabling you to share your advice and stories with others who could benefit from your advice.
You can get carers support when caring for someone with dementia
Ask your local GP, consultant, local authority social worker or nurse for help on what’s available locally to you as the carer.
It’s absolutely essential that as a person who is caring for someone with dementia you do not become secluded and cut-off from others around you. Always try to keep in contact with friends and family as much as you can. Also enquire if they are willing and able to lend a helping hand with offering support which could give you a needed break or period of relaxation which is worry free.
Respite care and day care services
Respite or day care services in your area or local home-care services are additionally a professional means of offering support to both you and the person you are caring for.
Day care service provisions can give daily welcome help and respite care (sometimes referred to as ‘short stay’) can offer a much-needed facility from a day or two, to a number of weeks.
Financial support, advisory information and expert help are provided by local authorities and if you have not been in touch so far, it’s important to take this step to ensure you are receiving all the help permitted within your circumstances.
There is no need to manage alone and by seeking other’s support, you are improving both the quality of your life and the person who has dementia. Charities such as the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia UK, the Brain Research Trust, and Age UK are all also excellent organisations who can help you or signpost you to other relevant services.
A person living with dementia will have different levels of need that alter over the future, so it is very important to have access to a named professional within the healthcare services who can help and assist as time passes and needs diversify.
Local Authority Social Services teams will also be able to provide help, required assessments and emotional support networks.
Financial carers support
For carers requiring assistance of a financial nature because they care for a person with dementia and are under the age of 65 years old, it is also a potential option to claim benefit payment under the Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
For older people over the ages of 65 an application for Attendance Allowance is also possible.
Remember, by seeking help and support you not only most importantly empower the person you are caring for, but also protect yourself to positively continue in difficult financial circumstances that supporting someone with the disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association has made a video on carers support. The Carer Information and Support Programme is a short course for people supporting a family member or friend with dementia. You can watch the video below.
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