Useful information for carers of a person with memory loss or dementia

What is Dementia ?

The term ‘dementia‘ is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions.

Only some people get dementia. It does not happen to everyone as they get older. A person of any age can get dementia.

Symptoms can include:
  • Memory Difficulties
  • Difficulties Organising and Sequencing Tasks
  • Difficulties Recognising People and Places
  • Disorientation to Time or Place
  • Perception Difficulties
  • Difficulties with Speech and Communication
  • Changes in Taste (including poor appetite)
  • Changes in Behaviour

What support do we offer?

We provide specialist support to carers of people living with memory problems or a diagnosis of dementia. This may be on a one to one or group basis.

We work in the local community, over the phone and online using Zoom to offer the following:
  • Education about dementia & coping strategies.
  • Guidance about care services, aids & equipment, blue badge scheme, emergency planning, local
    social support and much more.
  • Support with referrals to other services.
  • Guidance to ensure that the person that you are caring for is getting the relevant disability benefits.

Our training for carers

Carers Leeds offer free online workshops which cover the following aspects of supporting a person with memory problems:

  • Understanding Dementia
  • Coping with Unusual Behaviours
  • Mental Capacity and Legal Matters
  • Maximising Income
  • Support for the Future

Dates for 2022 to be confirmed, Please check back later for an update.

Weekly coffee catch up for carers of a person with memory problems.

Every Friday at 11am for 30 minutes on Zoom.

If you feel that you would benefit from additional knowledge to help you in your caring role then join us at these short, informal sessions where we share information about dementia and services, featuring guest speakers at times.

The sessions are also a chance to catch up with other carers. You can come to sessions that are of interest or come to them all, it is entirely up to you.

Contact: dawn.perkins@carersleeds.org.uk or our Advice Line 0113 3804300 for more information.

Weekly coffee catch up for carers of a person with memory problems.

Every Friday at 11am for 30 minutes on Zoom.

If you feel that you would benefit from additional knowledge to help you in your caring role then join us at these short, informal sessions where we share information about dementia and services, featuring guest speakers at times.

The sessions are also a chance to catch up with other carers. You can come to sessions that are of interest or come to them all, it is entirely up to you.

Contact: dawn.perkins@carersleeds.org.uk or our Advice Line 0113 3804300 for more information.

Carer Support Groups

Group support is a good way to share experiences and get emotional support from other people who are in the same or similar situation.  For more information, please contact advice line on 0113 3804 300

  • Yeadon | Yeadon Town Hall, LS19 | 2pm – 3pm 
    First Tuesday of each month
  • Garforth | The Miners Welfare Hall, LS25 | 2pm – 3pm
    First Friday of each month
  • Morley | The Church of Nazarene, LS27 | 2pm – 3pm
    Second Thursday of each month
  • Young dementia | Cottingley, LS11 | 6.30 – 7.30pm
    (if the person with memory problems is under 65)
    Second Tuesday of each month
    For more info contact Lucy on 07375 897 048

Dementia Support Groups

View in our Events Calendar
View Yeadon Support Groups
View Garforth Support Groups
View Morley Support Groups
View Young Dementia Support Groups

Preparing for an Emergency

Register with the Leeds Carers Emergency Scheme, provided by Comfort Call, a registered care agency which can help you to create an emergency plan and also co-ordinate a response in the event of an emergency where you are unable to provide care.

Tel: 0113 205 2990

Request a Message in a bottle from Leeds Lions Club, a simple but effective way for people to keep their basic personal and medical details where they can be found in an emergency on a standard form in a common location – the fridge.

Tel: 0121 441 4544

Order a Carers Emergency Card from Carers Leeds, a wallet sized card to keep on your person to let people know you are a carer in an emergency.

Order via this link on our website or call 0113 380 4300

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