Carers Trust Wales have published Caring for someone with dementia: A guide for family and friends, a comprehensive resource that brings together the practical information and emotional guidance that carers need to support their own well-being.
The comprehensive toolkit provides information for carers of people with dementia about issues, including:
- Getting a diagnosis
- Carers rights and needs assessments
- Looking after your own emotional well-being
- Grants, finances and legal considerations
- Medicine management
- Hospital admissions
- Finding a suitable care home
- Planning for the future
The guide has been developed in partnership with Wales’ Network Partners and include contributions from carers, Community Pharmacy Wales, Age Cymru and Professor Alison Wray of Cardiff University.
Carers can click on hundreds of direct links that will take them to straight to sources for trustworthy information, and where they can access practical support such as advocacy, discounts for utility bills, or forms to help them plan for emergencies.
Joe Williams, a volunteer at NEWCIS (Carers Trust Network Partner), stated:
“I cared for my mother who had mixed dementia for 12 years. Having this guide would have made a positive difference in my caring role, which is 24-hour a day responsibility. It has invaluable advice and information over a wide spectrum about the caring role, but also about looking after your own well-being.”
It is now available to download in English and Welsh from www.carers.org/wales/dementia-carers.