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. Jo33

    Jo33 Registered User

    Apr 4, 2015
    1
    My mum has dementia and I look after her totally I was told that I should try and get some help not sure how to do this.
     
  2. SandraBetty

    SandraBetty Registered User

    Apr 4, 2015
    5
    Start at the beginning

    Take mum to her GP if you can or visit your own GP if you can't. Ask for a referral to the older persons mental health team and local social services. You should have a full assessment of your home life needs and a carers assessment if needed. You should have been directed in the right way when mum was diagnosed and when she had a formal brain scan to identify which dementia was present.
     
  3. 99purdy

    99purdy Registered User

    Oct 31, 2014
    129
    Hi Jo, ridiculous time to be awake, waiting for teen daughter to return home from job in local restaurant. Didn't want to read and run. I understand how difficult it is to access care and to try and get help needed for your mum. Do not give up, contact your GP and explain your circumstances. Actually my Dads neighbour, rang 999, and explained that she thought Dad had, had a Stoke as he was acting out of character. She did him and me a big favour. He was admitted for asssessement, and I was not responsible!! He was eventually found a fantastic NH, by myself and SS. We are both much happier. I know he is safe and well looked after, a big weight has been lifted. Hope you and Mum are ok. You will never be alone on here. Everybody supports everybody as they understand all your problems. X
     
  4. Lindy50

    Lindy50 Registered User

    Dec 11, 2013
    5,302
    Cotswolds
    I agree with Betty, a visit to the GP is a good idea.

    You can also contact social services directly and ask for a needs assessment for your mum, and a Carers assessment for you. Look for the number of your local adult social care ( or social work) team. You can phone them, or sometimes refer yourself and your mum online.

    It would also be a good idea to look for your local Alzheimer's Disease branch. They may have a helpline, and may run services like dementia cafés ( where you go with mum) or day care. They also do things like like singing for the brain!

    You could also look for your local AgeUK branch, or see if there are Admiral nurses in your area. Once you get in touch with one service, they can usually advise you on a plan of action.

    There's lots of help out there, though not always straightforward to arrange. Do look, though....I wish you well and hope you get good support :)

    Lindy xx
     
  5. henfenywfach

    henfenywfach Registered User

    May 23, 2013
    333
    rct
    Hi! You can request an assessment from social services for your mum and yourself as a carer..plz insist they come to see you both even if they ask you questions on the phone.
    Contact the alzheimers local team.and there are people like age uk crossroads and more that can offer sitting services..amongst other things.
    Try the social services first..you are entitled to help..try the carers project if you need support..

    The society have advocates that can speak to people for you or with you.
    You sound completely able to deal with all this..just remember you matter too!
    Best wishes

    Sent from my GT-I9505 using Talking Point mobile app
     
  6. Reds

    Reds Registered User

    Sep 5, 2011
    540
    Hertfordshire
    What possible help can be given after a carer's assessment or an assessment of my husband who has Alzheimer's. Is it all means tested help?

    Reds
     
  7. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    5,860
    Female
    Scotland
    No. It should be needs based initially. They should tell you about Attendance Alliwance and reduction in council tax neither of which are means tested once diagnosed. You should be given information about Alz social groups which both of you can attend and about day centres for your husband. The latter may require some payment eg my husband is charged £15 plus £4 for lunch. If you are on benefits there may not be a charge.

    The may refer him to the local team of health workers eg occupational therapy etc. get the assessment then see what is available. Take note of names and phone numbers of all workers so you can get back to them with questions.
     
  8. Reds

    Reds Registered User

    Sep 5, 2011
    540
    Hertfordshire

    Thanks very much marionq x
     
  9. jaymor

    jaymor Volunteer Moderator

    Jul 14, 2006
    12,496
    Female
    England

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