DementiaRoadmap Wales

Promoting living well with dementia across Wales

Respite

Respite care is short-term care used as a temporary alternative to a person's usual care arrangements.

People who care for someone with dementia often carry on without realising how tired or tense they have become. A break or holiday can help them relax and recharge their batteries. It is important that carers have regular breaks and make time for their own needs.

Respite care may also be needed in other situations. For example, the carer might have to go into hospital, or might have other important commitments.

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  • Women and Dementia: A global research overviewJune 5 2015This report published by Alzheimer’s Disease International explores the main issues affecting women in relation to dementia from an international perspective.
  • What about me? Remembering the needs of carersJuly 29 2010This short leaflet published by Marie Curie Cancer Care is a good starting point for anyone working in health, social care or other setting who is likely to come into contact with people approaching the end of life and their carers.
  • Caring for CarersMarch 3 2015The Caring for Carers Hub developed by the Royal College of General Practitioners is a web based tool that can help primary care staff to more effectively support carers and the people they care for.
  • Dementia CarerJune 9 2014Dementia Carer is a website that provides access to a wide range of video clips featuring carers discussing what helps them cope with issues they encounter in caring for someone with dementia.
  • Carers Evidence Summits ebookDecember 5 2014NHS Improving Quality has produced an ebook to share the Commitment to Carers achievements over the last year. It includes the findings from the regional Carers Evidence Summits and links to over 50 case studies.
  • Recognised, valued and supported: Next steps for the Carers StrategyDecember 3 2010This strategy identifies the actions that the Government will take between 2011-15 to support its priorities to ensure the best possible outcomes for carers and those they support.
  • State of Caring 2017August 25 2017This survey undertaken by Carers UK paints a comprehensive picture of caring in 2017 and more than 7,000 people responded, making it the largest State of Caring Survey to date.
  • Preparing for a Social Services Care Needs AssessmentMarch 28 2019Tips for people with Dementia on preparing for a social services care needs assessment can be found on the Alzheimers UK website, link below.  http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/legal-financial/dementia-care-needs-assessment  
  • Social Services Support for DementiaEven if you feel you don't need support now, it's a good idea to know what's available and plan ahead. The adult social services department of your local council can help with your personal care and day-to-day activities. The first step is to arrange a needs assessment.

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