Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

Caring for someone with dementia.

Caring for someone with dementia.
beginning of content

Caring for someone with dementia

2-minute read

Caring for someone with dementia is a big responsibility. It can be very rewarding, but it can be physically and emotionally challenging as well. It may affect your lifestyle and life choices. You will also need a lot of patience, compassion and understanding every day.

As a carer of a person with dementia, you will want to do everything you can to support and reassure the person you care for, while helping them to be as independent as possible.

Planning ahead can help minimise the stress on you and your family. It can help you know what might be coming, so you can have strategies in place to deal with particular situations.

Your planning might include organising regular respite care so you can have a break from your caring role, because it is important to look after your own needs as well.

It might also include working out what will happen to the person you care for if you are no longer able to continue in your caring role.

Are you a carer or helping someone out?

Carers are everyday people who provide unpaid and ongoing care and support to someone they know who has a disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, a chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail.

Support for carers

Find practical information and useful resources for carers on Carer Gateway. You can also learn more about carers' support and services in your state or territory through Carers Australia.

Talking about your situation and feelings with health professionals and other carers may help you to cope better. Some organisations run support groups where carers can meet and share their stories.

Everyone’s dementia journey is different, but there is information and support available to help make that journey easier.

Help for dementia carers - expert advice

It is important that carers have access to a range of support such as financial, emotional and physical assistance. Watch the video below about the importance of help for dementia carers.


Read the related video transcript

Learn more here about the development and quality assurance of healthdirect content.

Last reviewed: October 2018


Back To Top

Recommended links

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Top results

Deafness and Dementia: an Information Booklet for Family and Friends - Dementia Support Australia

The knowledge and experience of members of the deaf community and carers, together with dementia experts, have been brought together in this booklet. The information has been developed for carer partners, family and friends of people who were born deaf as well as people who have lost their hearing completely later in life.

Read more on Dementia Support Australia website

A Guide for Family Carers, Dealing with Behaviours in People with Dementia - Dementia Support Australia

This guide is for family carers providing care for a person with dementia. It includes practical information about how to support a person experiencing behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)

Read more on Dementia Support Australia website

I am a carer, family member, or friend | Dementia Australia

Information and ideas for carers, family members, and friends. Activities for people with dementia Advance care planning Caring for someone who lives alone

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Support in your region | Dementia Australia

Services and programs in your area Follow these links for information about services and programs offered by Dementia Australia in your area: Australian Capital Territory New South Wales  Northern Territory  Queensland

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Diseases - Carer Library

Find information and resources to help you care for a person with cancer, dementia, motor neurone disease (MND), Parkinson’s or had a stroke.

Read more on CarerHelp website

Help with Dementia | Dementia Australia

Help with Dementia is an online support portal for people living with dementia, their families and carers

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Dementia services - NT.GOV.AU

Top End and Central Australia Memory Service and memory clinic information.

Read more on NT Health website

Hygiene | Dementia Australia

Types of hygiene issues Causes of hygiene issues Further information It is quite common for people with dementia to lose interest in, or forget about, personal hygiene. Although this can be upsetting for families and carers, working out ways of coping without argument or confrontation can be worthwhile.

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Dementia care | Dementia Australia

Research into quality dementia care and the best ways of supporting carers provides important insights into improving quality of life of people with dementia, their families and carers. Research into improving quality of life for people with dementia While there is currently no cure for dementia, research has shown that there is much scope to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia through management of symptoms and providing a supportive environment. Person centred care is considered important.

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Personal care | Dementia Australia

  Continence This page explains incontinence and some of the reasons that it may occur in people with dementia. It suggests ways that families and carers can manage the problem.  Read more.   Dental care Information about caring for the dental health of people with dementia. It discusses some of the possible causes of dental problems as well as practical advice for maintaining the best possible dental health. 

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Victorian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo