Caring for someone with dementia can be a very intensive, challenging, rewarding and at times stressful experience. Carers of people with dementia often describe the joys as well as the tribulations of caring for a relative or friend with dementia. Whilst grieving for the losses that dementia inevitably brings, carers also often find a strong appreciation of the person and of the familiar activities, memories and social life that they are still able to enjoy together.
Carers face very different caring challenges at each stage of the illness. Adjusting to the diagnosis and coping with the changes the illness will bring can cause a great deal of stress, but if you are well prepared and know what you may need to provide in the way of care it can help a great deal. Having a good network of family and friends who know how they can help you is also very important.
Alzheimer Scotland has a booklet called "Looking after yourself" which was produced with the help of carers. Carers and people with dementia in Scotland can be sent a copy free - phone the 24 hour Dementia Helpline 0808 808 3000, or read and download it from the link below.
There are many other ways in which you can help the person and yourself. A useful book which gives advice and tips is called "Coping with Dementia: A Handbook for Carers" produced by NHS Health Scotland. Contact the Dementia Helpline (0808 808 3000) for a free copy, or download free from the link below:
Planning for the future:
Getting support to care for a person with dementia:
Index of information for carers
Getting help: caring for a person with dementia
Looking after yourself
I'll get by with a little help from my friends
24 hour Dementia Helpline 0808 808 3000
Types of services provided by Alzheimer Scotland
Find your nearest Alzheimer Scotland service
Information about choosing and adjusting to long-term care:
Freephone 0808 808 3000