A dementia diagnosis can come as a shock to the person with the condition and those around them. We can support you.
Following a diagnosis of dementia, you should have a care plan. This should set out what sort of care you and people who care for you might need.
Your care plan should include:
how you can keep doing the things that are important to you for as long as possible
information about services that can help you and how to access them
any health conditions you have that need regular monitoring
the name of a health or social care person who will coordinate the different kinds of support you may need
Still You can help you plan for the future and co-ordinate the support you need.
Essential Skills Groups for family carers
We offer monthly skills groups for caregivers to give you the skills you need to help your loved one. These take place on either a Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening or Wednesday evening. Please look at our groups/classes page to find out more details.
If you find you need help to manage everyday tasks like washing, dressing or cooking, you may be eligible for a needs assessment from your local social services department. Still you can provide a report to help outline your needs and situation.
If the needs assessment identifies you need help such as a carer to help with personal care (washing and dressing), meals delivered to your home (meals on wheels), or a personal alarm, you will then have a financial assessment (means test) completed by your local social services team to see how much you'll contribute to the cost of your care.
If you're caring for someone with dementia, you may also be eligible for Carer's Allowance and support from your local council. Before you receive any help from your local council, you should ask for a carer's assessment.
If a person with dementia has care needs that relate mainly to their health, they may qualify for free NHS continuing care, which will be assessed by NHS staff.
Attendance Allowance helps with extra costs if you have a disability severe enough that you need someone to help look after you. It’s paid at 2 different rates and how much you get depends on the level of care that you need because of your disability. You could get help with personal support if you’re both:
physically or mentally disabled
State Pension age or older
You do not have to have someone caring for you in order to claim.