"For Mary and for Dave"
Advice & Support for Carers of Loved ones living with Dementia in South Warwickshire
Our Service is Completely Voluntary - Dementia Carer Experience Shared - Heather & Paul Dowler
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In Warwickshire there is now a brand new service available for Carers - This is called "Caring Together".
This service is operated by Carers Trust Heart of England on behalf of Warwickshire County Council.
The contact number for this service is: 0800 197 55 44
The website address is : https://www.caringtogetherwarwickshire.org.uk/
For Help and Support, there are also other avenues open to you:
Visit the NHS Website
Talk to your family...
Although it may seem difficult at times, please try to share your feelings and concerns with family members.
Talk to us by visiting one of our dementia friendly cafes...
We find that our dementia friendly cafes provide a very good relaxed environment for a chat.
They are really a gateway through which you can access support and talk to people who really understand.
We believe that to be able to talk with someone else who has experienced caring for a loved one living with dementia,
is a most vital resource - No-one really nows what it is like, unless they have experienced it.
Talk to other Organisations that have experience...
Alzheimers Society: Alzheimer's Society's National Dementia Helpline 0333 150 3456 (Dementia Connect)
Age UK: Age UK's Advice Line 0800 055 6112
Carers Direct: Carers Direct helpline 0300 123 1053
Carers UK: Carers UK 0800 808 7777
Care Companion: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/carecompanion
Carers Trust - Warwickshire: https://www.carerstrusthofe.org.uk.
Dementia Carers Count: https://dementiacarers.org.uk
Dementia UK: Dementia UK Admiral Nurse Dementia helpline 0800 888 6678
Warwickshire Citizens Advice: www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Warwickshire County Council: www.dementia.warwickshire.gov.uk
Warwickshire Reminiscence Action Project: http://www.reminiscence.org.uk
Talk to other carers online...
Sharing your experiences with other carers can be a really helpful support as they will probably understand the difficulties that you are experiencing . You can also share your own tips and advice to help others.
"I have personally found the Alzheimers Talking Point Forum extremely beneficial". - Paul
Carers UK Forum: Carers UK forum
Alzheimers Society Forum: Alzheimer's Society Talking Point forum
Dementia Working Group: https://www.3ndementiawg.org/
Music Therapy: https://musicmemories.bbcrewind.co.uk/
If you're still struggling to cope...
It is very often difficult to talk about the stress and emotions involved with caring.
If you feel that you're not managing very well, please try to not feel guilty about it.
There is help and support available to you.
You may benefit from counselling or another talking therapy, which may be available online.
We recommend that you talk to your GP as soon as possible about your feelings.
Please Talk to your GP
Many Services available to you are only accessible via referral