Dementia Caregivers Guide
If you or someone you know has recently become a dementia caregiver for a family member or friend, or is a personal carer for someone with dementia, this guide provides a complete overview to everything you need to know about dementia and caring for someone with this condition.
An estimated one in three people will become a carer for someone with dementia in their lifetime. As people live longer, the number of people diagnosed with dementia is increasing.
Guides for Dementia Carers:
Understanding Dementia: Caring for Dementia Patients
An overview of dementia, and the best resources to help gain a better understanding of the condition and being a carer.
Training for Dementia Carers
A guide to the different types of training available to both paid and unpaid dementia carers and how to access it.
Support for Dementia Carers in the UK
Find out what support is available to you as a dementia carer, from online communities to finding local support groups.
Where to Find Dementia Carer Support Groups
A complete list of the dementia support groups in the UK, both online and in person, plus local directories to help you find groups in your area.
Dementia Caregivers and Depression
Depression affects a large proportion of dementia carers, and it’s important to get help. This guide covers where to seek help and find respite care.
Finding Respite for Dementia Carers
What respite and replacement care for dementia carers is available in the UK and how to access the support you need.
Courses for Dementia Carers
The different courses that are on offer to unpaid carers as well as paid carers looking to advance their careers.
Are Dementia Patients Entitled to Free Care?
Find out if you or your loved one with dementia is entitled to free care on the NHS, how to apply, and what alternative routes are available to you.
There are currently an estimated 6.5 million carers in the UK, with that number rising every single day. Of that number, approximately 540,000 people are carers for people with dementia.
Dementia is a group of symptoms caused by different diseases that damage the brain and prevent it from working properly. These diseases can include Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies. Dementia is more common in older people, but it is not just a natural consequence of getting old.
People with dementia will experience more serious changes that affect their memory, cognitive function, mood, and planning abilities. Sadly, there is no cure for dementia, and it generally gets progressively worse. That means that often a family member or friend step into the role of a carer for someone with dementia.
About dementia carers
It is estimated that one in three people will care for someone with dementia in their lifetime. Half of the 540,000 people that are currently dementia carers are also employed – although many have cut their working hours in order to provide care for a family member.
Becoming a dementia carer for a loved one can be a monumental change, and naturally, a lot of stress, isolating, and challenges can come with it. This guide aims to provide you with all the information and resources you might need when stepping into your role as a dementia carer.