There are many positive things about caring. These include learning new skills, building on existing ones, strengthening relationships, having a sense of pride in what you are doing, and supporting someone who is important to you. And just because a person has dementia, it doesn’t mean there won’t still be good times for you to share. However, caring can also be both physically and mentally exhausting. It affects every part of your life and can make you feel isolated, stressed and sometimes even depressed. You may also have your own physical and mental health needs, which you and others might overlook when you are caring for someone else.
Everyone will experience caring in their own way. There may be days when you feel like you can cope well, and others when you cannot. You may find that there are some aspects of caring you can manage easily, while others prove more difficult. This can change from day to day. Homelink is here to support you in your role as a carer.
National Dementia Helpline
If you're worried about your memory or someone else's, then contact your GP or call the Alzheimer's Society. The earlier you seek help, the sooner you can get information, advice and support. The Alzheimer's Society has a dedicated National Dementia Helpline: 0300 222 11122
Carers UK Information, Support and Advice
We provide information, support and advice to carers. The information and advice we provide covers a range of subjects relating to caring including:
Benefits and tax credits
Carers employment rights
Carers assessments and how to get support
Services available to carers
How to complain effectively and challenge decisions
You can email them and they will respond to your enquiries within 5 working days, although it can often be sooner. Their telephone helpline providing information is open on Mondays and Tuesday between 10am and 4pm - 0808 808 7777
A Carers Story
- A Carers Story