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Advice and help for those living with memory loss or dementia, and their carers.

Staying in your own home

Being diagnosed with dementia does not mean you have to lose your independence. There are lots of things you can do to help you live safely in your own home for as long as possible.

Alzheimer's Society (opens in a new window) have information about how to make your home dementia friendly. Sometimes simple changes to your home environment can make things easier, such as having better lighting and labelling cupboards. 

Equipment can help you to carry out daily tasks such as washing, dressing and eating.

Telecare (opens in a new window) is special equipment that can sense risks such as smoke, floods and gas, can remind you to take pills and even call for help if you fall.

Alzheimer's Society (opens in a new window) has information and advice if you're not sure what equipment may help you.

Adapting your home may also help you. For example, putting handrails in the bathroom can make it easier to get in and out of the bath.

Dementia can make eating and drinking difficult for a number of reasons, including loss of appetite, forgetting to eat and being unable to recognise food.  Alzheimer's Society (opens in a new window) has information and advice on how dementia affects eating and drinking and has practical tips for carers to help support someone to eat and drink well.

Someone who has dementia may forget to visit the toilet, or be unable to communicate their needs.  Alzheimer's Society (opens in a new window) has advice on managing toilet problems and incontinence.

Personal care in the home provides options for extra support to help you.

We have information about housing options if living at home is not possible.

Nuisance phone calls

The National Trading Standards Scam Team have secured government funding to provide free call blocking technology to protect those in the most vulnerable circumstances from nuisance and scam calls.

Go to  Friends Against Scams (opens in a new window) to find out if you are eligible and to apply for your free call blocker.

Getting out and about

Many people with dementia continue to drive and travel after being diagnosed.  Alzheimer's Society (opens in a new window) has information about driving, including how to inform the DVLA.

Wessex Driveability (opens in a new window) can help if you would like an assessment to make sure you're okay to drive and that you are still driving safely.

Alzheimer's Society has free  'helpcards' for people with dementia (opens in a new window). These are cards you can carry with you when you're out and can make it easier to get help. They allow you to record your name and contact details, and the details of someone close to you who can be contacted if you need help.

Community transport schemes may help you if you no longer drive and can't use public transport.

Memory Support and Advisory Service

The Memory Support and Advisory service can help you to stay independent and can support you by providing information, advice and guidance. The service is provided by the Alzheimer's Society and works closely with GPs, the team that diagnose dementia and other partner organisations.

Your GP can refer you to the Memory Support and Advisory Service.

You can also refer yourself to the service by contacting 0300 123 1916 or by email dorset@alzheimers.org.uk.

More information is on the  Alzheimer's Society website (opens in a new window).

Page last updated: 06/04/2018 09:18
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