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Support for families and carers

Support for families and carers

Care UK offers support and resources to families and carers of people living with dementia.

Every day members of our care team are told by relatives, friends and carers that they wish they’d known more about the incredibly complex condition that is dementia.

Seeing a loved one change can be a difficult and heart breaking experience. But, with the right support, you can continue to have fulfilling and rewarding relationships.  

We will support you every step of the way

Choosing a care home can be a difficult decision for the whole family. We believe in supporting each resident and their family in any way we can. We’re always here if you need emotional or practical support, and we’ll work with you to forge a new role in your loved one’s day-to-day care. You’re welcome to visit any time of the day or night and take part in the care home’s activities, to help your loved one with their morning or evening routine, or to just enjoy a relaxing meal with them.

Dementia-friendly days out

Care UK has published the Good to go guide, a free guide to help family carers and loved ones living with dementia to get out and about. The guide includes hints and tips from our care teams, and some of the relatives of our care home residents, to bring you a wealth of ideas and to make it an enjoyable experience, for both of you. Download your copy of our Good to go guide.

Visit the Good to go page for tips, stories and our Break Away holiday guide a free guide to help family carers and loved ones living with dementia to get out and about. The guide includes hints and tips from our care teams, and some of the relatives of our care home residents, to bring you a wealth of ideas and to make it an enjoyable experience, for both of you.

Download your copy of our Good to go guide.

Visit the Good to go page for tips, stories and our Break Away holiday guide.

Practical hints and tips

We have put together the ‘Listen, talk, connect’ guide specifically for carers, relatives and friends, which we will help you to communicate with people living with dementia.

The guide has been put together by our dementia specialists, carers in our care homes and features real life experiences of carers and relatives of people living with dementia.

Download your copy of our Listen, talk, connect guide.

Hear more about how singing helped Marion and Eric connect

As Easy as ABC

Care UK has published a free guide to help families caring for a loved one living with dementia. The publication, As Easy as ABC, is based on our philosophy of Activity Based Care and brings together 100 practical suggestions from specialist teams working in care homes across the country.

The guide is perfect for anyone caring for someone in their own home and those who want to make the most of their visits to loved ones who have moved into residential care.

Download your copy of the As Easy as ABC guide.

For more sources of advice and support click here.

Keeping healthy and hydrated in older age

Our latest guide, Eating as we age focuses on the importance of having a healthy diet and keeping hydrated in older age.

We have worked closely with our care homes and health and food specialists to put together Eating as we age, to bring you some top tips including stimulating the appetite, dining with dignity and soft food diets.  We have also included some nutritious recipes as well as a directory for support and advice.

Download your copy of Eating as we age guide 

Click for more tips and recipes

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