Dementia - Further Help and next stages
This section has information on the following dementia-related topics:
- Direct payments
- Help to Live at Home
- Respite care/short breaks
- Residential care
- Related Pages
Advocacy is taking action to help people to say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy schemes work in partnership with the people they support to uphold their best interests. Advocacy promotes equality, inclusion and social justice. You can find out more on our Advocacy Page
A direct payment gives you, as an individual, greater choice and control over how you choose to live your life. Receiving a direct payment allows you to make your own decisions about your care arrangements. You can find out more information on our Direct payments page.
Help to Live at Home
The Help to Live at Home Service has been created by Wiltshire Council to help those who need support. It has been created with the assistance of older people within Wiltshire to ensure they, and others who require support, receive the help that they need when they need it. The aim of Help to Live at Home is to ensure people can live as independently as possible.
From talking to many people, the council knows residents want support that will ensure they are safe and secure in their own home, while leading interesting, stimulating and fulfilling lives. Help to Live at Home has been designed with this in mind.
You can find out more information on the Help to live at Home section of this website. You can find out more information on our Help to Live at Home page.
For more information on assistive technology that can help people with dementia live more independently click www.atdementia.org.uk.
If you provide unpaid support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour who has dementia, and this person could not manage at home without support then you are a carer. You can find more information on the support available to you and where you can get advice in our Carers section.
Respite Care/Short Breaks
Carers sometimes need a break and this can be provided in several ways. You may wish to go into a care home yourself for a week or two, arrange home-based respite care where another carer moves into your home, or family-based respite care where you move into another family's home for a short period.
The best option for you will depend on your needs, the urgency of the situation, and personal choice and cost. You can find out more information on our Breaks for carers page.
Care homes offer accommodation, food and care, and there is always someone on hand to give help 24 hours a day. You can expect the level of personal care that a competent, caring relative might give you in your own home. Homes can range from hotel type establishments that suit people who are fairly independent, to homes that care for residents who are frail, confused or very disabled.
Some care homes also provide nursing care for either physical and/or mental health care needs and employ qualified nursing staff 24 hours a day. You can expect these homes to offer short-term convalescent and post-operative care as well as long-term nursing care.