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National Carers Week - Families caring for people with dementia

This is the week that we take time to thank the carers who are supporting our loved ones.

During this very difficult time whilst the country is trying to deal with COVID -19 we can see their selfless dedication putting themselves at risk to provide care for people in need.

Carers can be unpaid family members, skilled carers visiting people in their own homes trying to help maintain that person’s independence, or carers in a care home. It can be a difficult but rewarding vocation.

We have found that there have been family members taking over care during this crisis and putting their lives on hold to ensure their loved one has the support they need when the normal care arrangements have fallen through.

Families providing care for a person with dementia

If you are now providing care for your loved one without the usual professional support it can be bewildering. 

Just like the way dementia affects a person can vary the care and support a person needs is individual to them.  All families supporting a loved one with dementia wants them to live well with dementia.

If you need advice and support there are a lot of organisations you can contact both nationally and locally.  They will also be able to advise of smaller support groups in your area:

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/about-dementia/types-dementia/alzheimers-disease

https://dementia.warwickshire.gov.uk/locations/rugby-borough/

https://directory.warwickshire.gov.uk/service/alzheimer-s-society-south-warwickshire-branch

https://livewell.oxfordshire.gov.uk/Services/1882/Alzheimer-s-Society

https://livewell.oxfordshire.gov.uk/Services/3315/Forget-Me-Not-Bicest

https://www.dementiaoxfordshire.org.uk/

Brethertons are proud to be members of the Rugby Dementia Community Forum working towards making Rugby more dementia friendly.

It is important for you to be aware that if you are also an Attorney then you, or your friends or family members cannot be paid to provide care unless you go through a specific process.  We provide advice on this process in our recent blog https://www.brethertons.co.uk/site/blog/covid19-can-an-attorney-pay-a-relative-for-care.

However as an Attorney for property and finance you can purchase aids that you think will support or give benefit to your loved one.

If you wish to obtain advice on acting as an Attorney for your loved one please contact Veronica Male, our Court of Protection specialist, on 01788 557 574 or by email on veronicamale@brethertons.co.uk.

For information about acting as an Attorney please visit our attorney pages.