Local support for people with Dementia and their carers
For information on local services for people with dementia and their carers: www.sheffielddirectory.org.uk/
You can also watch this short video featuring six Sheffield carers sharing their real-life experiences and advice.
Use this link to visit the NHS website with details of The Sheffield Dementia Strategy Commitments.
Dementia is the ‘umbrella term’ for a set of symptoms which usually includes memory loss and may also include difficulties in thinking and concentrating, and sometimes changes in mood and behaviour. Dementia is caused by various diseases of the brain; Alzheimers is the most common illness, and Vascular Dementia is the second most common – where the dementia is caused by a series of strokes. There are other rarer illnesses, and examples of which are Frontal Lobe Dementia (sometimes called Picks Disease) and Dementia with Lewy Bodies.
Diagnosis usually occurs after a series of physical examinations, memory tests and brain scans – and at this stage medication may be prescribed. There is no cure for dementia, but there are drugs may be used to help to slow down the progression of the illness.
Information to help carers of people with Dementia
Caring for someone with dementia in Sheffield: This short video is part of the ‘Sheffield Dementia Strategy’ developed in a partnership of people living with dementia, their families and carers plus organisations supporting them. Many people don’t think they are carers and help relatives without using the services that reduce the impact of providing care. It features six unpaid carers sharing their real-life experiences and advice. Click here to watch.
We’re very grateful to the carers, their loved ones, and Parson Cross Forum Carers Group who contributed to the video to help other carers in the city.
BBC Radio Sheffield: has made a series of podcasts about living with Dementia. These look at different perspectives, including those of carers.
The episodes (that are around 30 minutes long) are available on the BBC Sounds App or you can click here to listen on the BBC website.
Home Environment Checklist: Age UK has a ‘Dementia Friendly Home Checklist’ by Sheffield’s specialist dementia OT, Charlotte Sutcliffe. Lots of ideas to consider to help make the home environment more conducive to the needs of a person living with dementia. Click here for the checklist.
Keeping people safe from trips & falls, safe & well: People living with dementia are four times more at risk of having a fall. This booklet has been produced by SYDAA to highlight some of the key risk areas and offer practical ideas that can help address those issues. Click here for a copy of the booklet
Moving Forward Guide: This toolkit has been produced by a charity called ‘tide’ (together in dementia everyday) to help families and relatives involved in or supporting someone to move into a care home. It combines useful parts of other toolkits with checklists and tips to support relatives through the decision process. Click here for the ‘Moving Forward Toolkit’ and visit the website.
The organisation’s website is very informative. Please use this link to view and access their very extensive range of factsheets: www.alzheimers.org.uk/factsheet
Alzheimer’s Society Talking Point:
This is an online discussion forum for people with Dementia, carers of people with dementia, partners of people with dementia and carers of younger people (under 65) with dementia: www.alzheimers.org.uk/talkingpoint
National Dementia Helpline: 0300 222 11 22
The Alzheimer’s Society welcome calls about a particular subject if you don’t have access to the internet.
Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia
This is a scheme that recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia or are caring for someone with Dementia. The books are available to borrow from the local library. Your GP or another health professional might also recommend some book titles: Download the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia here.
The NHS website also has a lot of useful information which you may want to use.
Please use this link to visit: www.nhs.uk/Conditions/dementia-guide/Pages/about-dementia.aspx