Your practical help guide


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Where to start


Right here is a good place to start. If you’re caring for someone who has dementia this website is here to help to you. It’s about providing answers, information, reassurance and access to help. Most of all it’s about letting you know that you’re not alone.

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Your health and well-being


Taking on the role of caring for someone with dementia will be demanding. Knowing where to go for help, and what benefits are available, is important but so too is your own health and well being. It’s important that you stay fit and well. Respite care will be important to enable you to recharge your batteries. There are some other important issues you should consider too.

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Carer's assessment


You should have a Carer’s Assessment from your GP, which looks at your health and your needs as a carer. This is separate from the needs of the person you are caring for. It’s very much an appointment about you and helping you to maintain your health and look after yourself so that you can care effectively.

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Taking a break


Making sure that you take an occasional break from the demands of caring must be an essential part of your planning. Many people feel a sense of guilt about this, but it’s seldom justified. You’re less good at supporting and caring if you’re physically exhausted or mentally stressed. In fact your being tired and, understandably, fractious can have a negative effect on the person you’re caring for.