DEMENTIA INFORMATION AND SUPPORT
It is important that you have up to date information about an array of topics in regards to Dementia. At the Alzheimer’s Society – Leading the fight against dementia carers are able to download upto date factsheets about very relevant topics such as what is dementia? Who pays for care? How do we get a diagnosis? As well as this information you can order booklets about chosen topics, if you order under six copies they are free.
The Carers Service works extremely hard to identify carers who support a loved one through Dementia. We truly believe that early identification of these carers is crucial, as with early help and ongoing support many carers are able to continue in their caring roles with much less impact upon their own lives. Too many times we see carers reaching a crisis point before even getting in touch – PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN – get in touch as soon as you identify an issue or have a diagnosis for a loved one, as our carers advisers have a vast amount of knowledge and experience in these areas and will provide and co-ordinate all the support you need.
The Alzheimer’s Society firmly believe that everyone who experiences a diagnosis is a unique person with their own life experiences that are valuable when encouraging the person to live well with dementia. This belief, coupled with the Carers Service view that, to enable the cared for to be supported so well, it also needs strongly informed and supported carers, of which, by working together provides for a very holistic family approach to dementia.
BECOME A DEMENTIA FRIEND
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.
People with dementia want to carry on going about their daily lives and feeling included in their local community, but they sometimes need a helping hand to do so. Dementia Friends learn a little bit about what it’s like to live with dementia and turns 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.
For more information please contact the Carers Service on 01254 688440