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Your health and wellbeing

Being a carer can have a considerable effect on your life and wellbeing so make sure you have some regular time to relax or do something just for you. Put aside some time, each day, for yourself – you could have a cup of tea and read the paper, listen to some music, do the crossword or go for a short walk.

It may be hard to put yourself first, even if it is just for five minutes, but you will be better placed to support someone else if you spend a bit of time looking after yourself.

Caring can be hard work, and you need to be healthy if you are to manage it. You will be better placed to support someone else if you spend a bit of time looking after yourself. Visit our pages for information on leading a healthy lifestyle.

Carer's Assessment

Under the Care Act 2014, most carers have a legal right to an assessment of their own needs and you are entitled to discuss with the social services department of your local authority your needs or difficulties and how they are affecting your day-to-day life, and what help you need with caring.

As a carer, you should regularly review your situation and ask for a new assessment at least annually. This enables the impact of illness of the person you care for is monitored and services are adjusted for both of you.

Contact Warwickshire County Council on 01926 410410 to ask for a Carers Assessment. If you would like more information about what a Carer’s Assessment entails please visit Warwickshire County Council’s website: Carer’s Assessment.

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Relationships

The behaviour of a person living with dementia will gradually change and they may become suspicious, delusional, show aggressive behaviour and forget about their roles as a spouse or parent. Looking after somebody as the illness progresses can put a strain on your relationship and you may start experiencing grief, loss or even anger.

Speak to one of Warwickshire’s Dementia Navigators (Tel: 01926 888899) if you are worried that your relationship is being affected by dementia.

You can find some tips around overcoming barriers and making adjustments to the way your relationship develops on NHS Choices website: Relationships and Dementia.

Annual Health Checks

Annual Health Checks

As a carer of someone with dementia, you should have an annual health check once a year. This will enable a detailed assessment to be made of how well able you are to continue in your caring role, and what additional support you may need.  Ask at your GP practice for more information.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) service

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service is for people who are feeling stressed, anxious, low in mood or display symptoms of depression. IAPT offers one to one support and courses, such as stress control or anxiety management, as well as a wide range of community based services where care can be offered within a person’s own home or in a community facility.

Please visit Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust  for more details on IAPT services in Warwickshire or call 024 7667 1090.

Carers Breaks

There are many different ways for carers to get a break from caring, whether it’s for a week, one morning a week or just occasionally.

Find a local support group, or service, on our interactive map of services.

Support Networks

If you have dementia or are caring for someone with dementia you’ll be welcomed at one of Warwickshire’s Dementia Cafés. Come along to meet others in a similar situation, in a relaxed social setting. You can spend time sharing information and experiences, or simply to have a cup of tea and a chat.

Find services near you using our interactive map.

Dementia Day Opportunities

The aim of the service is to help maintain the skills, health & wellbeing and social inclusion of people with dementia whilst providing a break from the caring role to their families. The dementia day opportunities service can be either building based or provided in the community, or a mixture of both, depending on the needs of the person.

The dementia day opportunities service is provided by Age UK in Nuneaton and Bedworth, North Warwickshire and Rugby boroughs, and Alzheimer’s Society in Warwick and Stratford districts. Please contact Warwickshire County Council social care and support service (Tel: 01926 410410) to see if you, or the person you care for, are eligible to receive this service.

Books on Prescription

There are 25 recommended titles about dementia which aim to enhance knowledge and enable people to live well with dementia by helping them understand and manage the condition. Books on Prescription can be prescribed by GPs and health professionals. Books can also be loaned from Warwickshire Libraries.

Dementia Navigators

Dementia Navigators service provides early intervention and preventative post diagnosis support to people with dementia diagnosis and their carers.

Depending on your individual circumstances Dementia Navigators will provide information and advice about dementia, signpost to support services available locally (e.g. dementia cafes or carers support groups) or can offer practical and emotional support. For more detail please contact Alzheimer’s Society Warwickshire on 01926 888899.

In case of emergency

In your supporting role, sometimes things will go wrong. Do you know who to contact in an emergency? Staff who are called to help you during an emergency might not realise the person you look after has dementia – make sure you let them know about it or order a free ‘I have dementia’ card from the Alzheimer’s Society that the person you look after could have on them and use as they need it.

Medical emergencies – telephone 999 and ask for an ambulance.

If you live in Warwickshire you can sign up to the Carers In Case of Emergency Scheme via Guideposts Trust by telephoning 0845 600 9980. Otherwise, you would have to notify Warwickshire County Council Social Care Duty team 01926 886922 who would organise emergency respite care for the person you look after.

National Dementia Helpline

You can also contact Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline  – 0300 222 1122. For information, support, guidance and signposting to appropriate organisations who might be able to help you in the area you live.

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