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Devon Carers can support carers of people living with dementia in several ways.
The initial conversation will ensure you have information about:
· Devon-wide specialist organisations such as Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK
· Admiral Nurses (if they are in your area)
· A range of social supports for you both as a care partnership such as memory cafes, singing for the brain or museum object handling sessions
· Any carers groups and peer support in your area, some of which are specifically for carers of people with dementia
· We can signpost or send you information and contacts for rarer types of dementia such as Lewy Bodies or Frontotemporal lobe dementia
We offer courses on basic knowledge and skills in supporting a person with a dementia such as changes in communicating and adapting your home.
We run sessions on carer resilience covering: coping and adapting to the changes that occur in your relationship and in the person’s behaviour as their condition progresses; looking at what social and paid support will help; how to maintain your own health and wellbeing.
Our courses and resilience sessions offer opportunities to meet other carers in similar situations to learn from one another.
Where the person you care for does not have a diagnosis, but it is probable that they do have a dementia, Devon Carers may offer personal advice by phone or face to face on aspects of care.
If there is anything you can’t find, please let us know and we will do our best to research and locate information and support to help you live well with dementia.
Please see below for links to useful information and organisations.
Mary Austin – Lead Practitioner for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health
Age UK have a helpful ‘Information and Advice’ section about caring for someone with dementia. Topics include: what support is available for the carer, how to manage financial and legal issues, memory cafes, online groups, how to support and communicate with a person with dementia, moving to a care home and end of life care. There is also as postcode search whereby you can find Age UK support services near you.
Advice on information, money, care or health 0800 055 6112
Alzheimers Research UK not only fundraises for more research into dementia but also has handy information sections on their website including: quick reference guides to dementia (available in different languages) and how to teach children about dementia in age specific terms/games with online resources.
Telephone: 0300 111 5555
Find out about the different types of dementia, symptoms and diagnosis, risk factors and prevention, treatments, research, get involved in fundraising and find support in your local area. Topics include: social groups, care homes, advocacy, day care, transport, support in your community or in the home and an online forum where both carer and cared for can post concerns/questions/answers about living with dementia.
Helpline: 0300 222 1122 / Devon office: 0300 123 2029
This website provides information on Assistive Technology that can help people with dementia live more independently. The site also has an online self-help questionnaire which offers advice on every day activities such as washing, dressing, cooking, taking medication, shopping and generates a report with handy tips and how technology can help you with these activities.
Telephone: 0115 748 4220
Dementia UK provides Admiral Nurses to support families affected by dementia. You can find information on understanding dementia, symptoms, diagnosis, useful help sheets, support for families or find an Admiral Nurse service in your area. Call their specialist helpline with any questions or concerns you have about supporting someone with dementia.
Helpline 0800 888 6678
The Herbert Protocol is the national scheme introduced by the Met Police in partnership with other agencies to encourage carers to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.
A UK music and dementia charity which allows you to create a ‘Playlist For Life’ where carers can create their own playlist with their cared for to share musical memories.
Telephone: 0141 404 0683
This is a useful online shop (others are available) selling products to enable people with dementia to maintain independence. The site allows you to search not only by product, but also by specific dementia need, challenge or situation. The site also incorporates practical advice, real life carer’s stories and blogs.
Telephone: 0203 322 9070
With over 42,000 people living in the UK with young onset dementia (under 65 yrs) this charity exists to help people whose lives are affected by the condition. Find support, research, practical advice, resources including blogs, books, websites and how to join their Young Dementia Network.
Telephone: 01993 776295– General enquiries / 01865 79431– Support related enquiries