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There is plenty of help available if you are caring for someone with dementia

 There is plenty of help available if you are caring for someone with dementia
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Help and support for carers of people with dementia

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Caring for someone with dementia can be frustrating and stressful at times, as well as rewarding. If you have a caring role, however, help and support is available.

Several organisations can help with education, training and support. For example, the National Dementia Helpline is a free confidential phone and email information and support service which provides:

  • information about dementia and memory loss
  • information on how you may be able to reduce the risk of getting dementia
  • information about government support services (including My Aged Care, the Carer Gateway, Centrelink)
  • information about services in your area
  • emotional support to help you manage the impact of dementia

The helpline is available during business hours on 1800 100 500. You may contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 if you would like to contact the helpline in a language other than English.

You can also contact the National Dementia Helpline by email on helpline.nat@dementia.org.au or you can chat online during business hours by visiting the National Dementia Helpline web page.

For additional information, visit the Dementia Australia website.

The Australian Government also offers a range of services to support carers. These include providing assistance in the areas of:

  • respite care — including emergency, in-home and residential respite
  • counselling — to assist you in coping with the caring role and the emotions associated with it, including grief, loss and stress
  • information, education and training
  • service referral and support
  • financial support (through Centrelink)

The My Aged Care website provides information about dementia and services available for people living with dementia. You can also call their helpline on 1800 200 422.

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Last reviewed: October 2018


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