Carer / Whānau Support
A dementia diagnosis affects not only the person diagnosed, but the whole family and whanau. If you’re not the main carer, it can be difficult knowing how to help.
When you are the main support for a person with dementia, it’s crucial that you take care of yourself as well. This means making sure you access the help and services you’re eligible for and getting help from family and friends whenever possible.
Respite care allows you to have a break from the hands-on work of caring, while offering a person with dementia the opportunity for cognitive stimulation and social activity. Respite care can be in a day programme or in a short-term residential care facility that’s funded by your local District Health Board (DHB). Talk to your Dementia Advisor to find out the respite available for you.
Supporter meetings provide a safe environment in which people supporting someone affected by a dementia can meet and share experiences.
Each meeting will usually be facilitated by a Dementia Advisor from Dementia Wellington who has a depth of knowledge about dementia and understanding of the issues and challenges facing informal carers. It is the facilitator’s role to introduce new members to the group and to direct discussion where necessary.
The facilitator will also have a good understanding of the current services and resources available to support families and how these can be accessed.
The meetings are held in an informal atmosphere and benefits from attending will include:
- Education and advice on dementia and the services available to support families
- Self help and peer support
- An opportunity to raise and discover answers to questions or concerns.
Find you closest Support Group in the News and Resources page.