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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Direct PaymentsMarch 7 2019If you have had an assessment that shows you are eligible for social care services, you may prefer to organise your services yourself rather than have the Council do this for you. This is called ‘Direct Payments’. 
  • Social Services Support for DementiaMarch 28 2019Even 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.
  • Preparing for a Social Services Care Needs AssessmentTips 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  
  • Carers WalesNovember 1 2019Carers Wales wants a society that respects, values and supports carers. To do this they: give expert advice, information and support. connect carers so no-one has to care alone. campaign together for lasting change. innovate to find new ways to reach and support carers. Check ...
  • Caring for someone with dementiaNovember 20 2019Caring for someone with dementia is a comprehensive booklet published by Age UK, whose network includes Age Cymru in Wales.
  • Social Support for People with Memory Problems Living in TorfaenDecember 10 2019Torfaen Memory Service have compiled a list of social support available for people with memory problems who live in Torfaen. These include day centres, groups, keeping you company at home, helping you get out, 1 to 1 befriending, and direct payments scheme.
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