Support a Carer
Someone you know, maybe a friend, neighbour or family member, may be caring for a relative or friend who has dementia. It can be very isolating and demanding being a carer and, although they may seem to be coping admirably, the truth may be somewhat different.
It may be that they are too embarrassed or do not feel able to ask for your help. Why not take the first step and offer your support by:
Dropping in for a coffee and chat, caring at home can be very isolating if you are unable to get out
If they are able, offer to take them out for a coffee or shopping
Offer to do their shopping or other tasks for them
Sit with the person they are caring for to enable them to have a break
By offering them a helping hand you will be contributing to their well-being and it might help them to have somebody to talk to.
Learn more about dementia yourself so that you have a greater understanding of what it is and how it affects people's lives. You may do this by reading the information on this website or by calling into our Drop-in/Office and talking to one of our staff team.
Remember that dementia is a physical not a mental illness; people experience short-term memory loss and confusion and find it difficult to make sense of the world around them.
However, they are still the same person and will enjoy doing activities to the best of their ability. They will also retain their sense of humour. Treat them the way you would wish to be treated yourself and you will find that you can enjoy quality time together.
• 40% of dementia caregivers end up suffering from depression.
• You can do something about this problem.
• The best solution is to organise a small group of people, and to come up with a plan to assist the caregiver.
• You might consider 'adopting' a caregiver.