I know it can be hard to find support and advice being a carer, so I have put together a list of the places I have looked at as a little guide. Some are better for asking personal advice, some give great general guidance, and some just make interesting reading. I do follow a few blogs and would love to mention them all but feel it would be better for you to explore the ones you prefer, if you have any good sites or blogs you would like to recommend please do.
https://www.facebook.com/DementiaFriends?fref=ts – Facebook page, which is good for support, they also have a twitter page @dementiafriends
@dementiaUK – the twitter page for the dementia uk charity
http://shop.alzheimers.org.uk/category/daily-living-products/ – this is a site which sells some really great products that can slightly ease the day to day life of dementia sufferers and their relatives. I particularly like the day clock!
@carerstweets – twitter page which offers support and regularly posts advice
@totakecare – twitter page offering support and awareness for those caring for elderly relatives
Outside of the internet, chat to GP about an admiral nurse in your area. I know they are not as common in some areas (southwest) but they offer great support and advice face to face and give you an hour to chat about concerns. Also we have had some great support from Social Services (more in post to follow). I know that in the past there has been a lot of stigma regarding Social Services, but they have been useful in pointing us in the right direction for care companies, and companies that can help with small house alterations to ease day to day life.
http://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/blog.php Talking Point really is a recommended chat site to post any queries etc, and from experience the people on there really do rally round and help each other out.
http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/44118749/ – a blog that I follow and find inspiring
http://aswiftcurrent.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/the-illogical-song/ – another blog I enjoy reading
I also cannot recommend the life alert bracelets enough. Social services should be able to put you in touch with a provider, but it would be best to get one of these while the person at risk is still able to understand what it is and what it does, as it took ages to “train” nan to wear it everyday, and I’m still not 100% sure she would press it if she fell. But it can help save lives and may ease worried minds.
14/05/2013 – I would like to add some sites and Twitter accounts to this post as I have found even more support and insightful blogs I would like to share.
Also be sure to check out:
@Legalaware – he is writing a fantastic book, and updates us via Twitter
@demenshare – a lovely lady who offers fantastic support
Thanks for reading! 🙂