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. Rachelhp007

    Rachelhp007 Registered User

    Dec 30, 2015
    2
    I am new to this site, I care for my Dad who had vascular dementia and Alzheimers. Looking for support and advice
     
  2. chris53

    chris53 Registered User

    Nov 9, 2009
    2,929
    London
    Hello Rachel, welcome to Talking Point, plently of understanding,support and advice here and there is usually someone around who has experience of any challenges you encounter in your care for dad.
    Take care
    Chris
     
  3. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    59,593
    Female
    Dundee
    Hi Rachel and welcome to TP.

    I'm sorry to hear about your dad's diagnosis but I'm glad you found this forum. I know you will get lots of help and support here.
     
  4. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
    2,739
    Hi Rachel
    Welcome to TP, lots to support on here
     
  5. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    19,035
    Male
    North Manchester
    "Looking for support and advice"

    OK, on a practical level - fire away.

    The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask!
     
  6. Rachelhp007

    Rachelhp007 Registered User

    Dec 30, 2015
    2
    My Dad has been living with me and my other half and 2 kids for 4 months now. He was in a care home for 12 months but I removed him due to poor care. Looking for advice on how to keep him occupied and stimulated. He gets bored with reading and can only follow simple TV programmes like sport. He can get very unsettled especially at tea time, when we are trying to relax.
     
  7. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
    2,739
    Have you had a carers assessment - that would give you some free time and give him someone else to talk to and interact with. Phone social services adult care duty desk and just ask for a carers assessment. Also do you have a day centre near by - social services will be able to help - a day centre/lunch club a couple of days a week might give him some extra stimulation and tire him out a bit. If you have time there may be a singing for the brain group near to you..

    It would be worth joining your local carers organisation they will give you lots of local info and also phoning the Alzheimers helpline as they will be able to tell you about some local activities, clubs

    Once you get going there is often quite a lot locally but the carers cafes are absolutely brilliant and they were my lifeline and worth popping into whenever you can - sometimes there are memory cafes too where you can both go

    Here is the Alzheimers helpline number 0300 222 1122
    or age uk have a freephone number and are open 365 days a year 0800 169 2081

    Just to check - he is getting higher rate attendance allowance isn't he? He should be if he was in a caare hom
     
  8. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    10,215
    Merseyside
    https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/services_info.php?serviceID=204
    The tea time unsettledness sounds like sun downing.
     

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