Support for carers

Let the practice know directly if you are a carer.

Caring for someone with dementia can be very stressful and at times upsetting, but also rewarding.

Carers often go through a wide range of emotions, including loss, guilt and anger. They may also have positive feelings, such as satisfaction from being able to support the person with dementia.

A lot of information and advice is available to support you in your caring role. Sources of support for carers include family and friends, health professionals, NHS UK also provides details of local services. Otherwise, you can contact the practice directly online.

As a carer, it’s important to look after your own health and wellbeing. Try to eat a balanced diet, and to get enough sleep and exercise. Make sure you have enough time to yourself.

There are practical tips that can make caring for someone with dementia a little easier. For example, encourage the person to keep doing what they can to retain their independence.

When communicating, make eye contact, listen carefully, be aware of your body language and speak clearly.

As a carer, you may well find changes in the person’s behaviour difficult to cope with. This might include them repeating themselves, following you, pacing and shouting out. Keep in mind that they aren’t doing these things deliberately, and try not to take it personally. They may be in pain or trying to tell you something, for example that they are bored or frustrated.

Talk to a doctor, ideally a specialist, about behaviour that is challenging or causing either of you distress or worry.