We’re in this together

Kirsty Stephenson
March 21, 2022
March 21, 2022

You know that caring for a family member or friend with dementia can be incredibly hard. The person with dementia is likely someone you’ve known for much of your life and care for deeply.

Watching someone’s personality, mood or behaviour change can be both distressing and challenging. From the dementia diagnosis and beyond there are physical, psychological and financial implications for you as a carer and for your whole family. 

Finding the right support can be crucial not only to your wellbeing but to your ability to be an effective carer for your family member or friend. As the cabin crew on a flight say: “Put your own oxygen mask on first”.

No one should face the challenges of caring for someone with dementia alone.

Learning more about dementia helps you as a carer. Help is available from a range of sources, including other carers, charities like Dementia Carers Count, community support and the government.

We’re here to support family carers who care for a person with dementia, whether at home or in a care home support from health and care professionals through our Live Online Learning sessions and in our Virtual Carers Centre.

But we know that is not enough. As an organisation we are committed to making Dementia Carers Count. We will be raising the issues you tell us matter to you with national and local decision makers. Please join us and make sure your voice is heard.

Financial pressures are adding to a pot that is already boiling over

Family carers are facing greater money pressures than ever before as a result of the UK’s cost of living crisis. Carers UK say that 45% of carers are currently unable to meet their monthly expenses. 

It is inevitable that at times like this feelings of stress, fear and grief can become overwhelming. You are more likely to be affected by depression and anxiety if you don’t give yourself a break. 

Only in the darkness can you see the stars

There may be lots of reasons to feel that life is particularly tough when you are looking after someone with dementia. 

Martin Luther King said, “Only in the darkness can you see the stars”. He meant that even when we are going through the most painful of times, there is still beauty all around us. The challenge is to try to find it. Easier said than done, but you are not alone.

We are in this together.

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