A diagnosis of dementia will have a big impact on a person, their carer and their family. It can be upsetting, but a diagnosis can also come as a relief because it means you can plan ahead.
There are practical things you can do to support the person with dementia. For example, you can:
- prepare your home to provide a safe and comfortable home environment for the person living with dementia, and their family and carers
- find out how dementia changes a person’s behaviour, and how to cope with these changes
- find out about care options, including residential care
- find out about looking after yourself as a carer or family member of a person with dementia, including managing stress and finding support.
A good place to start finding information about dementia is Dementia Australia. They can provide you with information about any type of dementia and about the services that support the person with dementia, and their families and carers, throughout the course of the illness. They also produce help sheets especially for family and friends, which provide information about dementia and ways to help.
Visit the Dementia Australia website or call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.
Last reviewed: November 2016