Advice for Relatives

Receiving a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating, even if you have long suspected that this is the cause of your loved one’s recent difficulties.  Supporting a family member or partner with dementia or Alzheimer’s can be one of the most difficult challenges you will ever face. 

It is not uncommon to feel completely overwhelmed by the prospect of trying to provide all of the care for your relative alone. Taking advantage of the assistance of the many organizations offering dementia and Alzheimer’s support in Newark can help alleviate your worries.

From the list here, you’ll find links to other, which will help you to build-up a support network for your own particular needs.

Carer Support For Dementia And Alzheimer’s In Newark

If you’re caring for someone with dementia, it can be easy to forget to look after yourself or to feel guilty for putting your own needs first.  But if you’re a primary or sole carer, it’s even more important that you remain healthy and positive.

The following organizations offer help and support:

Financial Support For Dementia And Alzheimer’s In Newark

It is important that your dependent organizes their financial affairs while they are able, so that later, their wishes can be followed.  You might need to help your dependent collate paperwork such as insurance policies, pension details, bank and building society statements and their will.

To ensure that you and your dependent are receiving all of the benefits to which you are entitled, contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP formerly the Benefits Agency) or call the Benefits Enquiry Line or the Newark branch of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.  Friary Fields can help you to access all of the benefits to which you, or your relative, are entitled. 

If you need further assistance, we recommend that you contact an independent financial advisor who specializes in arrangements for funding long term care.

Residential Care For Dementia And Alzheimer’s In Newark

The question of when to explore care homes can be answered “sooner rather than later” for a number of reasons.  But first it’s helpful to accept that you are not betraying your relative by considering a residential care home.  

In fact, the earlier you explore this option, the better chance you will have of taking your relative's preferences into account for their long term care.   The comforting knowledge that you are following the expressed wishes of your loved one can be invaluable in giving you the confidence to make difficult decisions on his or her behalf.

Respite Care For Dementia And Alzheimer's in Newark

There are many different kinds of respite care.  From an hour or so of a friend or relative's time to give you a short break at home to a short residential stay in a care home like Friary Fields.

Regular respite stays have many benefits.  Primarily, the truth is that they give you a break and help you to undeniably difficult task of looking after a relative with dementia or Alzheimer’s.  You get to recharge your batteries which could mean that you can cope for longer than if you didn't take a break.  So don’t feel guilty.

Secondly, a respite stay can help your loved one to get used to a care home.  A level of familiarity might help a later, permanent move to residential care less traumatic for all concerned.

Please contact us if you are interested in arranging respite care at Friary Fields.

Spiritual Support

We offer as much advice and support as we can at Friary Fields and would also encourage you to seek more, wherever you can find it.  Whether or not you’re a regular churchgoer, you might discover that your priest or other spiritual leader can offer comfort and practical support and you’ll often find a member of the clergy visiting residents here at Friary Fields.

Your Peace Of Mind Checklist

  • Any time visiting for relatives
  • Approachable, friendly and qualified staff
  • Specialists in dementia care
  • Over 30 years of experience. Family-run, with loyal staff
  • CQC approved

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