Dementia Helpline Support

Caring for a relative or friend living with dementia can be challenging. You may feel you are coping but at what cost?

Looking after someone at home with any long term health condition can take its toll on your physical and mental health. Dementia is particularly demanding as your loved one’s cognitive abilities wane. The daily routine of some of the practical tasks such as lifting, dressing and turning can cause you physical damage and pain.

You may feel that asking for help means that you are failing your relative…but what happens if you fall ill, sustain and injury or are too exhausted to keep going?.   Asking for help is not a failure. There is genuine support out there. Many who have accessed help wonder why they didn’t do it earlier. 

Consider getting paid carers who have specialist knowledge and skills. A good first step is to get in touch with the adult social services at your local authority. Ask for a carer’s assessment. This is free to anyone over the age of 18. They can advise on what you are entitled to and may be able to arrange a package of care. This should enable you to have more time for yourself and even get a better night’s sleep.

Another option is respite care – a short break away from your home where your relative can be cared for in a professional environment or you might like to stay too for that well-earned rest. A change of scene for either or both of you can bring surprising benefits.

At The Chiswick Nursing Centre, we have an experienced consultant nurse who can also advise and support you via our free helpline service. We can also provide that respite care if needed.

The most important first step, however, is to ask for help. Call our helpline: Sabina Kelly  on 07976 287189 or email sabinakelly73@googlemail.com

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