Building a support network
A support network consists of people and organisations that are there to help you when you need it. This help can be practical, or emotional.
Why are support networks vital?
Coping with dementia can be challenging, not only for those diagnosed but also for their families and caregivers. However, the good news is that building a strong support network can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals living with dementia and their loved ones. In Oxfordshire, there are several initiatives, organizations, and resources available to help create a comprehensive support network for those affected by dementia.
How do I build a strong network?
The most important thing you can do after your diagnosis is to continue living your life. It sounds simple, but sometimes someone diagnosed with dementia will retreat from the world, their friends, and family. Ensuring that you maintain the existing support structures you have is extremely important.
Next, you might like to identify what support you’re missing. Do you feel like you’re missing out on social activities? Or do you need information and guidance? Once you’ve identified any gaps in your support structure, you can start to fill them. The list below of support services in Oxfordshire can help you fill those gaps.
Organisations and resources
Age UK Oxfordshire’s goal is to enable older people in Oxfordshire to live life to the full. Whether you’re on a quest to live well into old age or if you’re going through tough times, they’re here to help you.
They will help with general information, advice, and support as people age. With a free telephone help line, a physical activity service to keep everyone moving, and scams support, to name a few.
Oxfordshire’s Adult Social Care service is the local provider of carer asessments, social care solutions, home care, care technologies, and improvements for your home.
They may be able to financially aid carers in the event that they can not reasonably afford to fulfill their role otherwise.
Live Well Oxfordshire is a curated directory of support services, social groups, local businesses, and more. It’s dedicated to helping everyone living in Oxfordshire with support needs to live well.
Want to get back into ballroom dancing? Or are you looking for accessible sports facilities? Live Well has you covered.
Admiral Nurses are specialised dementia nurses who provide comprehensive support to both individuals with dementia and their entire families. They offer free specialized advice, support, and understanding, addressing the complex challenges that come with the condition.
Our own Admiral Nurse will be able to offer you
For those who want to positively impact the future of dementia care, taking part in research projects can be a rewarding part of living with dementia. There are many local and national projects to take part in.
Our page on research oppportunities details the opportunites for progressing dementia research.