Psychological support and education should be provided to those who care for people living with dementia.

Caring for somebody living with dementia can be very difficult. The changes which can come with a caring role can cause stress and it often takes time to adjust.
Therefore, you may need help adjusting to becoming a carer. Speaking to others can help you focus on your needs. Support should be available to help you learn and understand more about being a carer.
For extra information, evidence and best practice please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Regional offerings

Carers Charters and Toolkits for Greater Manchester

We believe all carers have a right to be respected, valued and supported, equally in their caring role, as experts for their cared for and as individuals in their own right.
Carers charter:
Greater Manchester working carer toolkit:

Dementia Wellbeing Plan for Greater Manchester; Dementia United

The Greater Manchester dementia wellbeing plan promotes personalised planning conversations with people living with dementia and carers about their needs and wants. The plan ensures an improved standard of care planning for people living with dementia and also facilitates sharing across the system. It will be available as a standardised plan which can be accessed and shared digitally between practitioners; as well as being available from the website for people affected by dementia to be using when having person centred care plan reviews

Dementia United

Working towards improving the quality of life for people living with dementia or caring for someone who has dementia, supporting people to live as independently as possible and providing access to services when needed.

Housing for People Living With Dementia in Greater Manchester - From Policy to Practice

The report and recommendations within it are part of an extensive period of consultation over the past 18 months and including more than 250 stakeholders across housing, health and social care in Greater Manchester, alongside people with lived experience of dementia, carers and loved ones.

LGBTQ+ Online Support Group for People With Dementia and Their Carers in Greater Manchester

Meets online 1st Tuesday of the month. People with dementia and family/carers are welcome to join.
Contact Maggie Hurley - to get the details to join the meeting.

Young Onset and Rarer Forms of Dementia

It is estimated there are over 42,000 people in the UK diagnosed with young onset dementia (a diagnosis received under the age of 65). Having young onset dementia brings unique challenges. We are lucky to have a specialist diagnostic centre at the Salford Cerebral Function Unit however referrals from across Greater Manchester vary. People under the age of 65 are more likely to still be working and possibly have younger families and financial commitments. As young onset dementia is rare compared to dementia over the age of 65, services are often not age appropriate.

National offerings

Age UK

Age UK is the country's leading charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. Providing advice, support, information, fundraising, local services
Telephone: Advice line 0800 678 1602 free to call 8am - 7pm 365 days of the year

Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society provides reliable and up to date information to help you with every aspect of living with dementia.
Telephone: National Dementia Helpline: 0300 222 1122. Open 9.00am. – 5.00pm. Monday to Friday & 10.00am. – 4.00pm. Saturday and Sunday.

Carers Allowance

The main benefit for carers is called Carer's Allowance and it's worth £67.60 (April 2021 – March 2022) to help you look after someone with substantial caring needs.
Telephone: contact The Carers Allowance Unit on: 0800 731 0297.

Carers UK

Caring will affect us all at some point in our lives. We'll be here for you when that happens. With your help, we can be there for the 6,000 people who start looking after someone each day.
Telephone: 020 7378 4999

Dementia Carers Count

Provide free carers courses, support and connecting carers up with a wider network, offer a virtual carers centre.

Dementia UK

Dementia UK is a national charity, committed to improving quality of life for all people affected by dementia. They provide Admiral Nurses, who work with family members and carers in all care settings along with a helpline for family members or carers who would welcome accessing advice and support.
Telephone: 0800 88 6678

Lewy Body Society

The Lewy Body Society is a charity whose mission is to fund research into Lewy body dementia and to raise awareness of the disease. The website provides information, support, resources and advice.
Telephone: 01942 914000

NICE Dementia Guidance

This guideline brings together all the research and evidence which covers assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support. It is for people at risk of developing dementia, people who are referred for assessment, people living with dementia as well as being for family and friends and health and social care staff and commissioners. It aims to improve care by making recommendations on standards people should expect to receive from their assessment, care and support as well as on training.
We have provided links to the NICE guideline for dementia and a further link is provided to guidance on how to delay or prevent the onset of dementia.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) NG16 (2015) Dementia, disability and frailty in later life – mid-life approaches to delay or prevent onset:
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (2019) Dementia: assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers:

Rare Dementia Support

Rare Dementia Support (RDS) is a world-leading, UK-based service led by the UCL Dementia Research Centre (DRC). We aim to empower, guide and inform people living with a rare dementia diagnosis and those who care about them.

Social Care Institute for Clinical Excellence - End of Life Care Resources

When a person is living with advanced stages of dementia, all areas of human ability are severely compromised. They have to rely on others for social engagement, occupation and activities of daily living. This section looks at what it's like to live with advanced dementia, communication and the impact on carers.
Carers’ needs - End-of-life care and dementia:
Advanced Dementia:
End of life care - dying at home:

Together In Dementia Everyday (TIDE)

Providing resources e.g. Life Story work, dealing with living grief, legal information, As well providing a carers development programme, supporting and connecting up carers, sharing of stories - for family members and carers of people living with dementia.

Young Dementia UK

Support for young onset dementia (under 65); providing relevant information and also shares individual stories. This is also part of Dementia UK.
Telephone: Dementia UK Telephone: 0800 88 6678


Healthwatch is your health and social care champion. If you use GPs and hospitals, dentists, pharmacies, care homes or other support services, we want to hear about your experiences. As an independent statutory body, we have the power to make sure NHS leaders and other decision makers listen to your feedback and improve standards of care. Last year we helped nearly a million people like you to have your say and get the information and advice you need.
Telephone: Call: 03000 683 000 between the hours of 08:30 – 17:30 Monday to Friday


O’Shea et al (2017) Post-Diagnostic Support for People with Dementia and their Carers: "Education and training in relation to the disease itself and on how best to care seems to matter for caregivers. Significant investment in psycho-educational programmes for caregivers can lead to potential economic benefits resulting from fewer people with dementia being admitted to residential care."

World Health Organisation 2019: "Joint carer–care recipient arts groups can help to remove strain from caregivers, provide respite care, and give opportunities for emotional support, practical networking and the sharing of resources, while individual arts and poetry activities can reduce the caregiver’s burden and promote self-acceptance, self-awareness, empathy and catharsis. Arts classes can be used in care settings as a way to understand carers’ needs and impart important caring information. They can also build a positive sense of personal identity and self-efficacy. Finally, activities such as drumming, singing or listening to music have been found to improve relaxation and well-being for carers, and decrease their levels of anxiety and stress."

The British Psychological Society 2014 A guide to psychosocial interventions in early stages dementia pathway: "There are several studies indicating that post-diagnostic groups can provide social, emotional and educational support, a sense of purpose, increased self-esteem and wellbeing, and a sense of belonging that comes from being part of a group of people in similar situations. One study focussed on the possible benefits that post-diagnostic courses have for carers. It found that people who are part of a group specifically aimed at the problems arising for carers of people with dementia had greater confidence, increased knowledge, and enhanced coping skills, and that they felt better prepared for the future."

NICE Dementia assessment management and support for people living with dementia – 1.11 Supporting Carers: "Carers of people living with dementia should be offered a psychoeducation and skills training intervention that includes:"

  • education about dementia, its symptoms and the changes to expect as the condition progresses
  • developing personalised strategies and building carer skills
  • training to help them provide care, including how to understand and respond to changes in behaviour
  • training to help them adapt their communication styles to improve interactions with the person living with dementia
  • advice on how to look after their own physical and mental health, and their emotional and spiritual wellbeing
  • advice on planning enjoyable and meaningful activities to do with the person they care for
  • information about relevant services (including support services and psychological therapies for carers) and how to access them
  • advice on planning for the future.

Best Practice Resources

The Triangle of Care, Carers Included: A Guide to Best Practice for Dementia Care (England): The Triangle of Care describes a therapeutic relationship between the person with dementia (patient), staff member and carer that promotes safety, supports communication and sustains wellbeing. This guide is aimed at acute hospital wards and services where a person with dementia may be admitted but their dementia is not the reason for their admission.

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