Support for Carers

Practical support

Caring for a person with dementia can become gradually more demanding, physically and emotionally. Getting support will make it easier for you to cope and better for the person you care for. 

There are many sources of support, including:

  • Friends and family – while it can be difficult to accept help, try to involve family members and share responsibilities as it will take the pressure off you a little.
  • Benefits and your employer – if you work, explore flexible working options with your employer. If you decide to stop working, take advice about your pension entitlements. Find out about any benefits you might be entitled to. 
  • Social services and the carer's assessment – as a carer you're entitled to have your individual needs assessed by social services upon request. You may be offered support services to help you in your caring role. The local authority might charge for some of these services, taking your income and some savings into account.
  • Support workers – many voluntary organisations have trained dementia support workers who can provide practical information, guidance and support about caring for someone with dementia. They can offer home visits or support over the phone.
  • Support groups – local carers' support groups give you a chance to chat to others going through similar experiences. You can share practical tips and get emotional support. Ask your memory service or local Alzheimer's Society about groups in your area.
  • Online discussion forums – these can be a helpful source of support at any time of the day or night. You can talk online with other people who are going through similar experiences to seek advice and share practical suggestions. 
  • National Dementia Helpline (0300 222 1122) – trained advisers can support you, provide information and refer you to other sources of support.