Caring for someone with dementia can bring particular challenges. As well as all the changes typical caring can bring (financial, physical etc.) you may be more affected emotionally as the person you love changes.
Caring for a person with dementia can be both rewarding and challenging. The needs of the person may often come before your own and this can mean that you struggle to manage everything. However, it can be easier to cope if you look after yourself properly. While you might feel that this is not always possible, it is important for both you and the person with dementia.
If you are new to caring you may benefit from speaking to our Memory Navigation Service team.
The Memory Navigation Service covers Bedfordshire (excluding Luton) to help people worried about their memory or living with dementia, and carers. It is a telephone service. Calls come in to specially trained volunteers working with trained staff.
It offers you
- An opportunity to speak to trained support workers
- A regular call to keep in touch
- Access to groups and support
- Information about local resources
How can we help
One to one support:
When you register with us, we will ask if we can phone you to talk about your caring role. If it’s clear that you finding your caring role a challenge, we will offer you a member of our friendly team to be in regular contact to support you in your caring role.
Workshops, events and groups
We run a variety of workshops, events and groups across Bedfordshire. These include support and social groups, nature walks and informational and social events. You can find all these on our What’s On page.
There’s lots of practical support that can help you with caring for a person with dementia. The Bedfordshire Dementia Handbook is a wealth of information. You can find it here together with an Easy Read version.
Visit our Practical Support page for more information about
- Arranging care
- Home adaptations and tele-care
- Financial advice for carers
- Caring safely
- Emergency planning
- Taking a break
- Travelling to NHS services
- Registering with your GP as a carer
It’s important that you look after yourself as a carer. Read about breaks, emotions, your health, and more in our wellbeing section.