Carers Trust Wales launch new guide for people caring for someone with dementia

Carers Trust Wales recently launched their ‘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.

You can download their guide here

With funding from The Shaw Foundation, they have developed this toolkit which will enable carers of people with dementia to access information 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 includes 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.”

The coronavirus and lockdown has meant greater hardship for unpaid carers, with isolation, exhaustion, financial worries and poor mental health noted by our Network Partners as being the greatest causes of concern for families. This new guide will help carers know where they can access the practical help they need, understand their rights and give them the reassurance to look after their own health and well-being during an extremely difficult time.

  • Third Sector Support Wales
  • PQASSO Quality Mark
  • Welsh Government
  • Investing in Volunteers
  • Lottery Community Fund
  • Disability Confident
  • Bridgend County Borough Council