1. Expert Q&A: Benefits - Weds 23 October, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of benefits. It will be hosted by Lauren from our Knowledge Services team. She'll be answering your questions on Wednesday 23 October between 3-4pm.

    You can either post your question >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll be happy to ask them on your behalf.

  1. MK83

    MK83 New member

    Oct 12, 2019
    1
    Hi all.
    A friend of mine has been caring for a family member with dementia for some time and they are currently unwell in hospital but will eventually come home, ideally with a care plan in place. She has no support from family or any services.
    What can she access? Im worried about her. She is under considerable pressure at the moment.
     
  2. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
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    Kent
  3. Shedrech

    Shedrech Volunteer Moderator

    Dec 15, 2012
    8,035
    Yorkshire
    hello @MK83
    a warm welcome to DTP
    it's kind of you to be helping your friend

    help her to insist that a full assessment of her family member's care needs has been done and a care package is in place BEFORE discharge, so she does not have to cope alone .... indeed, if she believes that she will not be able to cope, help her to push for at least a respite stay in residential care, if not a full time move
    the Patient Liaison Service PALS at the hospital will be able to help, and ask to speak with the Dementia Matron/ co-ordinator (or similar title)
    if being discharged home, a care package should include home care visits, suggest to her that she insist on as many as possible to support both of them and prevent a 'failed discharge' as no hospital wants these on their records
    I believe 6 weeks care should be free, though it's a while since my dad's situation, after that a financial assessment by their LA will work out whether care will be at least part funded by the LA or not

    you might contact Admiral Nurses who are there to support the carer, and one may be linked with the hospital
    https://www.dementiauk.org/get-support/admiral-nursing/

    keep posting with any questions, members will help out
     

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