Caring for someone living with dementia can be very rewarding but it can also be extremely demanding, both physically and emotionally. The needs of the person you care for may increasingly have to come before your own and knowing that you need more help, or allowing yourself to take a break can be hard.
Looking after yourself is important, not only for your own health and wellbeing, but also for your relationship with person you care for. This page looks at the types of services that can help.
Help at home
Sometimes also referred to as home care, this type of service is where arrangements are put in place for home visits from a support worker. The following everyday routines are the kinds of help that are normally provided:
- Getting in or out of bed
- Going to the toilet
- Washing and dressing
- Preparing something to eat and drink
Replacement care, also commonly known as respite care, aims to give people a rest from their caring responsibilities. Types of replacement care include:
- Care at home
- The person living with dementia regularly attending a day support centre
- Short breaks or holidays (together with specialist support on hand perhaps)
- The person living with dementia spending short periods of time in a care home (e.g. as a planned break or if emergency cover for care is needed).
Sharing experiences with others who are facing similar circumstances to your own can be hugely supportive. Peer support groups provide a safe environment where people can share their concerns and ask for advice about the issues that matter to them.
Financial and legal help
Areas of concern may be because the person living with dementia can no manage the family finances or, questions about the different types of benefits and allowances (including for home care and possible replacement care) that are available for people who are unable to work because of their caring responsibilities. For more information on care needs assessments in Oxfordshire, click here.
Getting support in Oxfordshire
Dementia Oxfordshire exists to help people living in Oxfordshire find out what types of specialist advice and support are available to suit their needs. To contact us click here.
Carers UK: a national charity supporting carers – https://www.carersuk.org/
Alzheimer’s Society: information for carers and the help you can get – https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/help-dementia-care
NHS: guide to looking after someone with dementia – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia/carers/
Money Advice Service: advice on financial support you can claim as a carer – https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/benefits-and-tax-credits-you-can-claim-as-a-carer
Young Dementia UK: https://www.youngdementiauk.org/