Caring for someone with dementia
The information you can find here is taken from the Care Manual project which was financed by the European Commission. The information in the Care Manual is the result of Alzheimer Europe's member associations having shared their knowledge and experience of caring for a person with dementia.
This aim of this project was to provide general information about Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia and to provide useful tips and hints for carers of people with dementia. This section offers practical solutions to the problems that carers may face. Some of you may have just learned that a loved one has Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. You and other members of your family, together with the person with dementia, may be faced with new situations and challenges. Although this can sometimes be stressful, with appropriate information and timely support, you can do a lot to maintain the quality of life of the person you are caring for, and at the same time look after yourself, which is equally important.
This section describes situations which carers quite often encounter. However, we have covered numerous issues, many of which you will probably never encounter. So please, don't be disheartened.
As dementia develops gradually over time and so too do the needs of the person with dementia, a particular solution may be helpful for a time but you may eventually need to try a different approach. You may sometimes feel alone with your problems and worry about how you will cope. You might find it helpful to talk to someone who is or has been in a similar situation to you, or you may want to obtain information about possible support. Alzheimer Associations are there to help you and most can provide you with the opportunity to meet other carers. They can also provide you with support and information about care, as well as about administrative and legal matters. Contact details of national Alzheimer associations can be found on this website in the section "About us".
We hope that you find the information in this section helpful.
Last Updated: Thursday 02 April 2015