Friends and family - having clear and regular communication from the outset can help. Some people find it helpful to hold family meetings at the beginning and as the persons needs change so that support can be discussed and shared.
Community help - There are many different types of help available from various places. It’s good to start with contacting your local Alzheimer's NZ branch, Dementia NZ branch, Age Concern, Carers NZ or your local Bupa care home. Your GP or medical specialist is also a valuable source of information and help.
Types of help can include:
- Home care workers to help with personal care such as washing, dressing and putting someone living with dementia to bed at night.
- Day programmes may be available at a local care home.
- Private care: you may be able to arrange private domestic or personal care support through a nursing or home care agency.
- Respite care: a short break for the person living with dementia in a local care home.
- Home care like help with household tasks like washing, ironing and vacuuming.