Looking after someone with dementia
Dementia is a syndrome associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia in the UK. It can affect memory, thinking skills and other mental abilities.
For information around understanding and supporting someone suffering from dementia visit Alzheimer’s Society. Their website also has information around finding the right kind of respite care, considering a care home and end of life care.
They also operate the National Dementia Helpline: 0300 222 1122
Dementia Carers provide free courses designed and delivered by healthcare professionals, that will help you to develop skills and build confidence to navigate the highs and lows. They can also give you the opportunity to meet and connect with people in a similar situation, and they are here to listen too.
Alzheimer’s Support is an award-winning local charity which exists to improve quality of life of families affected by dementia in Wiltshire.
They have a Dementia Roadmap which is an online resource to guide people through the process of being diagnosed with dementia in Wiltshire.
It is a simple guide to what to expect (and what to ask for) at every step of the way. It leads to the Support Village, where you’ll find all sorts of useful information about living as well as you can with dementia. It is designed to be used by healthcare professionals as well as by families and individuals.
Alzheimer’s Support also run regular carer’s support groups. More information is available here www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk/carers-groups