It may feel like an uphill battle to access the help and support that you and your family need to ensure that you can all lead a fulfilling and happy life. We have identified some of the areas where mental health issues concerning Alzheimers and dementia sufferers arise and where you may experience difficulties. Hopefully we can identify some of the support that is out there for you and your family.
Housing could be a challenge for you as your illness progresses and this could be cause for concern for you and for your family. The Alzheimer’s Society produced a report back in 2012 called Home Truths, which focuses on some of the challenges faced by people with Dementia or Alzheimer’s and their housing. This report is still relevant now and the continuing cuts to local authority budgets has continued to have an impact on people with this illness and their families.
Whilst there are options to consider such as social housing if you do not own your own home, there is a real concern about the ability to access this type of help with the long waiting lists for social housing in most local authorities.
If you own your own home or you are a tenant and plan to live in the property for the period of the grant (currently five years), there is an opportunity to access a Disabled Facility Grant. This can be for a wide range of adaptations in the home that could help you such as adaptive technology and you can speak to your Occupational Therapist for ideas about adaptations.
You can access help from the NHS called Continuing Care. This service is funded by the NHS and is for anyone who has a primary care need but is not in hospital. Continuing care is provided in your own home or in a care home setting.
There is eligibility criteria and there may be challenges around the definition of ‘primary health need’ but we can help with appealing decisions if this care has been denied. You may also have access to a Personal Health Budget. This can help you to have more control over your healthcare, and these are arranged with your local NHS team.
However you decide to manage your personal circumstances as your illness progresses is entirely up to you, but there are options to consider such as:
By implementing some of these services, you may remain independent for longer and feel better supported. We can fully discuss these options with you and provide you with the support you need to get any of these services implemented through your local authority.
Hopefully we have outlined some of the support you have for a loved one facing mental health issues. We understand how challenging it is to access the help and support you and your family need, but we can support you through these challenges. Please call our specialist team on 0208 520 4555 or 0800 056 0346 and we’ll be happy to help. Alternatively, please complete our Free Enquiry or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch.