Local support for people with Dementia and their carers

Watch this video with six Sheffield carers sharing their real-life experiences and advice. Video >>>

Use the Sheffield Directory website for information on local services Website >>>

Visit the NHS website for details of The Sheffield Dementia Strategy Commitments >>>

Take a look at the 12-page guide with details of ‘Dementia Support in Sheffield 2022’ Guide >>> 

About Dementia

Dementia is the ‘umbrella term’ for a set of symptoms which usually includes memory loss and may also include difficulties in thinking and concentrating, and sometimes changes in mood and behaviour. Dementia is caused by various diseases of the brain; Alzheimers is the most common illness, and Vascular Dementia is the second most common – where the dementia is caused by a series of strokes. There are other rarer illnesses, and examples of which are Frontal Lobe Dementia (sometimes called Picks Disease) and Dementia with Lewy Bodies.

Diagnosis usually occurs after a series of physical examinations, memory tests and brain scans – and at this stage medication may be prescribed. There is no cure for dementia, but there are drugs may be used to help to slow down the progression of the illness.

Information to help carers of people with Dementia

Caring for someone with dementia: This short video is part of the ‘Sheffield Dementia Strategy’ developed in a partnership of people living with dementia, their families and carers plus support organisations. Many people don’t think they are carers and help relatives without using services that can help them provide care. It features six unpaid carers sharing their real-life experiences and advice. Our thanks to the carers, their loved ones, and Parson Cross Forum Carers Group who helped make the video Watch here >>>

BBC Radio Sheffield: has made a series of podcasts about living with Dementia. These look at different perspectives, including those of carers. The episodes (that are around 30 minutes long) are available on the BBC Sounds App or you can Listen here >>>

Home Environment Checklist: Age UK has a ‘Dementia Friendly Home Checklist’ by Sheffield’s specialist dementia OT, Charlotte Sutcliffe. Lots of ideas to consider to help make the home environment more conducive to the needs of a person living with dementia. Checklist here >>>

Keeping people safe from trips & falls, safe & well: People living with dementia are four times more at risk of having a fall. This booklet has been produced by SYDAA to highlight some of the key risk areas and offer practical ideas that can help address those issues. Booklet here >>>

Moving Forward Guide: This toolkit is by a charity called ‘tide’ (together in dementia everyday) to help families and relatives involved in or supporting someone to move into a care home. It combines useful parts of other toolkits with checklists and tips to support relatives through the process. ‘Moving Forward Toolkit’ here >>>

Other resources to help carers of people with Dementia

Alzheimer’s Society
The organisation’s website is very informative. Use this link to their extensive range of factsheets:

Alzheimer’s Society Talking Point:
An online discussion forum for people with Dementia and their carers:

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia
This is a scheme that recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia or are caring for someone with Dementia. The books are available to borrow from the local library.
Download the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia here.

The NHS website has lots of useful information which you may want to use.

National Dementia Helpline: 0300 222 11 22
The Alzheimer’s Society welcome calls about the subject if you don’t have access to the internet.