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Dementia - Support for Carers

Carers Information Points

Carers Information Points are located in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Royal Cornhill Hospital.

Download the leaflet: Do you look after someone? - A leaflet for carers (PDF) for details of the NHS Grampian healthpoints / healthline which offer free and confidential health advice on practical ways to improve your health.

You can also get copies of the leaflet by phoning NHS Grampian 01224 551116. Publication number CGD 100229

Coping with Dementia: a practical handbook for carers

If you care for someone in the middle to late stages of dementia and you would like:

  • to find help and more information
  • practical advice on coping
  • to find caring more rewarding and less stressful
  • help you feel less isolated or alone

Download the handbook: Coping With Dementia - A practical handbook for carers (PDF) or phone NHS Grampian on freephone 0500 20 20 30 for a free copy and accompanying DVD.

More information:

Understanding Dementia: a guide for young people

If you are a young person, and someone close to you has been diagnosed with dementia the guide "Understanding Dementia" guide could help you to:

  • understand what dementia is, and what is happening to the person with dementia
  • cope with the effect the person's illness has on you
  • find help and support if you need it

Download the guide: Understanding Dementia - A guide for young people (PDF) or get a copy by phoning NHS Grampian on freephone 0500 20 20 30.

Taking Short Breaks

If you care for someone with dementia, and think you would benefit from a break from the sometimes stressful demands and routines of your role as a carer, there is help. Short breaks are sometimes described as respite care. They are an essential part of the support that families and carers need to help them care for a family member, partner or friend who has dementia.

Short breaks can involve planning time apart, or time together with extra support, and can vary from several hours to a couple of weeks.

For more information go to the Respite Services web page.

VSA Carers Support

Voluntary Services Aberdeen (VSA) offers advice, information and support on all aspects of caring. Each month they run carers support groups in Aberdeen. New carers are always made welcome. You will have opportunities to meet new friends, get involved in social activities with people who understand how it feels to care for someone or learn more about living with dementia.

VSA carers support service works closely with other carers support services, such as Alzheimer Scotland and Mental Health Aberdeen.

VSA produces a regular newsletter with information on local events and highlighting issues that are important to carers.

For more information on the support available, email Carers.Info@vsa.org.uk or visit the VSA Carers Service website

Alzheimer Scotland Carer Support, Aberdeen City

492 Union Street
Aberdeen
AB10 1TS
Tel: 01224 644077
Email: AberdeenCityServices@alzscot.org

Alzheimer Scotland have produced a downloadable booklet Dementia - Making Decisions.  This is a practical guide for family members, partners and friends with powers of attorney, guardianship or deputyship.

For more information on Alzheimer Scotland support groups in Aberdeen, go to the Alzheimer Scotland website.

Crossroads Caring Scotland

Crossroads provides practical support for carers of all ages. Crossroads can help you by taking over your caring responsibilities for a short period, allowing you to take time for yourself.

For more information, visit our website Crossroads Caring Scotland website or contact our local office:

  • Crossroads Aberdeen
    5 Waverley Place
    Aberdeen
    AB10 1XH
    Tel: 01224 641984

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