Caring for someone with memory problems

If you’re worried that someone you care for might have dementia, it’s important to get professional help and advice from your doctor.

Being forgetful doesn’t necessarily mean someone has dementia. Dementia-like symptoms can be caused by a number of different conditions. If memory problems are beginning to have an impact on day-to-day life, make sure you visit the GP together with the person you care for and explain your concerns.

When you're caring for someone who has been diagnosed with dementia, it can be all too easy to ignore your own needs and do too much. It's important to remember that it's much easier to cope if you are looking after your own health and wellbeing. There is lots of support available to you as a carer. 

Emotional support

When you're caring for someone with dementia, you're likely to experience a wide range of emotions at different times. These may range from positive feelings to feelings of loss, grief, guilt, embarrassment and anger.

Try and take time to reflect on how you're feeling, and talk to someone you trust. This may be a family member of friend, a professional or someone in a similar situation to you. The Richmond Carers Hub Service can offer a range of local support services and groups for carers:

  • Short breaks
  • Social and leisure activities
  • Emotional support
  • Financial advice
  • Training, workshops and learning opportunities
  • Events and activities specifically aimed at carers.

Richmond Carers Hub Service
Address: 5 Briar Road, Twickenham, TW2 6RB
Phone: 020 8867 2380

Practical support

You might find yourself in a situation where you feel you need some help to look after the person with Dementia. Caring can be physically and mentally challenging, and there are often limits to the level of care and support you can provide on your own. 

Every carer has the right to an assessment to see if they are eligible for support from the Council and how they can help you. Even if you are not eligible there are a range of free services in the borough you can access.

Having a Carer’s Assessment can help you understand the impact caring is having on your life and how best to support you.  You may be able to get help and advice with financial concerns, your own health, practical help in the home, and any worries about future needs.  You may also be eligible for some allowances, benefits, tax credits and other means of financial help. 


Family and friends

Your family and friends can be a great source of support during this difficult time. Try and talk to them about what you're going through and be honest about what support you need and how they can help you best. 

It may be helpful for your family and friends to learn a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and become Dementia Friends. 


Taking care of yourself

It can be easy to put the other person's needs first and not look after your own health and needs. Looking after yourself will help make sure you can do your best to care for the person with dementia. 


Useful contacts:

Alzheimer's Society Southwest London
Phone: 020 86870922

Dementia UK
Phone: 0800 888 6678

Richmond Carers Hub Service
Address: 5 Briar Road, Twickenham, TW2 6RB
Phone: 020 8867 2380