Working in partnership

Working alongside and supporting carers can mean many things: carers may need help to take up caring, to balance their caring with the rest of their life so that they can continue caring, or to give up full-time caring responsibilities.

Becoming a carer

Becoming a carer

A carer is a person who supports and cares for a relative or friend who is living with dementia. Many people do not recognise themselves as 'carers', even though they are making adjustments to their own life and taking on extra responsibilities to better support their loved one or friend. A carer's own circumstances, their health, employment, relationships, will have an impact on and be affected by taking on the caring role. Being a carer is not a fixed role, changing over time and the course of the illness.

working alongside carers

Working alongside carers

Support for carers includes helping them to continue, share the support with others or accept long-term care elsewhere for their loved one. Inflexibility in care services can be frustrating for carers, so organisations should work hard to try to overcome this. Carers' organisations offer a wide range of support to carers, and some carers' groups are specifically aimed at carers of people with dementia. Carers can access a range of support to help them in their caring role.

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  • What the research says: Working in partnership with carers