Caring for someone with dementia

Caring for someone with dementia comes with challenges of all of its own.  In the early stages of dementia you may notice very few signs of change and many people are able to enjoy life in the same way as before their diagnosis.

However, as symptoms become worse, the person you are caring for may start to feel anxious, stressed and scared at not being able to remember things, follow conversations or concentrate in the way that they once used to.

It’s important to support the person you care for to maintain their skills and abilities as well as, where possible, an active social life. This can also help how they feel about themselves.

But none of these things are easy and when you are caring for someone with dementia it is often important to look for help and support from organisations and people with experience and know-how.

At Barnet Carers we often speak to people who are caring for someone with dementia.  Where we can, we work hard to make sure that they get the support they need.  To do that we work with local partners.

We hope that you find this information useful.  Please contact us if we can be of support.  Caring for someone with dementia often changes your life.  A great way of making sure you get the support you need is through a Carers Needs Assessment.  You can find out more about this here.

Support is available across Barnet to support those living with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers.  Age UK Barnet offer day services and a new “Living Well” service offering support, advice and activities.  You can access local opportunities via the Age UK Barnet website here.

There is a great deal of content online to help you understand dementia.  UCLA Health on YouTube have a wide range of video which explain not only dementia but also provide practical tips and advice on caring for someone living with dementia.  Just search “UCLA dementia” on YouTube.

If you are looking for support from specialist national charities, the following charities have great information:

 

We work closely with Dementia Club UK to provide support and information for carers.  Dementia Club UK goes above and beyond to provide help and support to those living with dementia and also their carers and families to put smiles on their faces and give them a better quality of life.

Join a Dementia Club UK virtual meeting

If you would like to join a Dementia Club UK group, all you need to do is contact Lisa by email and get put onto the group list.  Email:lisa.rutter@dementiaclubuk.org.uk

You will receive an email the day before the session which has the Zoom ID number and Password for joining the session.

Download a PDF version of the Dementia Club UK leaflet below: