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Whether it’s your parent, partner or friend who has been diagnosed, it’s useful to understand how their moods may change and how the condition is likely to progress.  In early stage of the person’s dementia, you may notice memory lapses...
The Care Act 2014 stipulates that a person who may be in need of care must have access to good quality information and advice from the first time they contact the local authority. They are entitled to an assessment. The...
One of the things that carers have to get used to is providing what is tactfully described as ‘personal care’. Jill Eckersley explains. That can mean anything from helping with dressing and bathing, reminding Mum or Dad to keep their...
If a loved one has just been diagnosed with dementia, they may still be fairly independent at this stage, but it’s important to get their paperwork organised swiftly. Here’s what I’d recommend organising…  Encourage the person to make a Lasting...
Anyone caring for a loved one with dementia will know that it’s easy to worry constantly about the present and the future. When I was caring for my mum, I used to worry about what was going to happen...
Ensuring a good personal hygiene routine can become more challenging as your loved one’s dementia progresses. Helen Drain, Dementia Trainer & Deputy Training Team Leader at Christies Care in Suffolk, has this advice. You might notice that, over time, a...
If your loved one lives alone, it’s going to take some foresight to ensure they remain safe at home. They may still be independent but their needs will increase over time and they may already need help with certain...
When you’ve been caring for a loved one for some time, you will hopefully reach a stage where you feel you’ve got the situation under control. You will have learned more about the disease and the impact it has on...
Expert advice from former dementia carer, NHS expert and medical writer Mary Jordan. Mary Jordan has first-hand experience of dementia through caring for relatives and through her work for Alzheimer’s Society. She also has many years of experience working for the...
Even though you might have suspected the person has dementia, the diagnosis could still be a shock. Your parent may be confused and unable to process the news. They may understand the diagnosis, but could be in denial and may...

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