Dementia carers 'should be given help'

People caring for loved ones with dementia should be offered more support, according to a lead nurse from Dementia UK.

Ian Weatherhead said there are several things carers need to know about dementia, including what the condition is and what its implications are.

He insisted that they should be given help in the form of education and practical advice on how to manage from day to day, as well as emotional support.

"This should be provided or offered at the point of diagnosis to all affected by dementia," he remarked.

Mr Weatherhead acknowledged that there are some "excellent" support schemes available in the UK, but said services must be more widespread.

"Carers need to know they are not alone, and that help is out there to support them through this difficult journey in order to improve the quality of life, and manage in a positive way," he stated.

One way that a carer's life can be made easier is through the drafting of a lasting power of attorney form.

A lasting power of attorney will enable them to make decisions about the welfare of the person for whom they are caring on their behalf, avoiding any potential complications or disputes when it comes to healthcare and finance.

Published on: September 22, 2010

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