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‘Our mission is to transform the landscape of dementia forever. Until the day we find a cure, we will strive to create a society where those affected by dementia are supported and accepted, able to live in their community without fear or prejudice.’– Alzheimer’s Society
Receiving the news that yourself or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia can be a scary and daunting time. People fear that they will lose their independence and that they will no longer be able to live in their own home.
Support is available and it is really important to remember that you are not alone. From our experiences of dementia at Ramsdens, we see the following as invaluable to those diagnosed and their families:
Your family and friends are there to assist and support you. There are also many dementia support groups in the local area where you can meet others who are experiencing similar situations.
Using technology to assist you can be a useful tool. For example, the use of medication boxes to help you or your loved one remember when to take medication, the use of notice boards and labels at home can help you keep on track with your day to day life. There are also more technological options such as telecare systems which alert carers if there is a problem.
It is important to get your legal and financial affairs in order. Taking steps to put in such safeguards for the future will allow you the peace of mind that yourself and your loved ones will be provided for in the future.
Possible council tax reductions for people living with dementia.There are potentially hundreds of thousands of people currently living with conditions such as dementia that are unaware they may be entitled to receive discounted council tax rates.Check out our most recent blog for more information.
There are different types of benefits that you are entitled to if you’re living with dementia.Entielments such as: Attendance Allowance; Carer’s Allowance; Carer’s Credit; Disability Premium; Direct Payments; Employment Support Allowance (ESA); Personal Independence Payment (PIP).Most of these benefits you can apply online via the www.gov.uk website or contact your local Citizens Advice for help and advice.
At Ramsdens, we hope that, one day, a cure for dementia is found. Until then we will continue to strive to support clients and their families through dementia. If you would like advice about the issues we have raised this week call us on 01484 821 500, text LAW to 67777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.