There are many supports and services available for people caring for someone with dementia. Someone with dementia needs support themselves however it is very often the carer who will seek out information for their loved one with dementia. A good place to start is with the local Health Office and Public Health Nurse.
There are Memory clinics available which offer specialist diagnostic and treatment services for people concerned about changes to their memory and cognition. A GP referral is usually required. Access this online guide for specific information for carers on memory clinics.
Carers can avail of training through a number of organisations: Dementia Elevator offer online courses and other resources which help build the skills needed to keep people with dementia living at home longer.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland runs a six week course aimed at supporting family members who are caring for loved ones with Dementia. This is also available as an online course which you can do from the comfort of your own home.
The course includes:
- Understanding Dementia
- Changing Relationships
- Communication and Responding to Behaviour
- Nutrition and Eating Well
- Engaging in Life Activities
- Personal Care
- Safety in the Home
- Looking After Yourself as a Carer
- Accessing Information
The Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC) is a national centre for excellence in dementia care based in St. James Hospital Dublin. They offer a course for family caregivers which is held in different venues around the country.
Home Care Packages
The HSE provide a set of services called a Home Care Package to help older people to be cared for in their own home.
Products designed to aid daily living
Assistive products can help support and enable people living with dementia to do so more independently. There are many different products available such as calendar clocks and easy to use phones that can help people living with dementia continue to carry out everyday tasks and keep them safe.
Family Carers Ireland
Family Carers Ireland is a national voluntary organisation which provides a home respite service, family carer training, support groups and an information service which may be helpful to you..
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
The national leader in advocating for and providing dementia-specific supports and services is the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. The society provides services including a National Helpline, social clubs, support groups, day care service, home care and a Dementia Advisor service.
Many people live at home, with support, for the majority of their journey with dementia. Some may require nursing home care at different stages. For someone who needs long-term nursing home care, the Nursing Home Support Scheme (also known as Fair Deal) may offer financial support.
Nursing Homes Ireland also provide a directory of nursing homes.
The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland has developed ‘Guidelines for Choosing a Nursing Home’. Call 1800 341 341 for a copy.