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. Joidevivre

    Joidevivre Registered User

    Aug 4, 2015
    5
    My husband is 84, and is suffering with both Alzheimers and Parkinsons. He is unable to walk without a walker and very weak. Has had heart problems in the past. He still knows everyone, and is able to carry on conversations, yet has lots of moments of confusion. Falls asleep all the time off and on.

    What I most wanted to know is if there are volunteers from the Alzheimer's Society who would come into my home for 5 or 6 hours a day two days a month? Is there usually a charge? I just need that little "get away" time.

    I look forward to reading more of your postings and glean some information. And just to know you are all here gives me a good feeling.

    Joi
     
  2. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    10,206
    Merseyside
    Good morning & welcome to TP.

    Yes the Alzheimer's society do have befrienders (my aunt is one) but I'm not sure if they are in every area.
    Contact your local branch.

    Also Crossroads provide people to sit with people. They are a charity so no charge.
     
  3. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

    Oct 5, 2013
    6,971
    Suffolk
    Just to note that not all Crossroads are charities. In my county, Crossroads is the county council branch of caring, and they are quite expensive. 3 hours used to cost more than a day, 6 hours, of daycare! Though a few years ago it was free!
     
  4. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    10,206
    Merseyside
    I didn't know that Spamar. Thankyou for telling me.
     
  5. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,713
    Female
    London
    I get sitting service through Age UK for free.
     
  6. Joidevivre

    Joidevivre Registered User

    Aug 4, 2015
    5
    I will phone the society today. Thanks for responding.
     
  7. Chuggalug

    Chuggalug Registered User

    Mar 24, 2014
    8,007
    Norfolk
    I'm really thankful you've posted this subject, Joidevivre. It gives me hope that I'll be able to do this myself when things settle. I'd love to do this type of job. I hope you find someone to come and help you out.

    All the very best.
     
  8. Jessbow

    Jessbow Registered User

    Age uk also has a befriending service.
     

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