Help for carers of people with dementia

Are you worried about your own or a loved one’s memory?

Please make an appointment to see your GP to talk through any of your concerns. You may be referred to the memory service for further assessment and support.

Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre

The Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre aims to support carers to recognise their own needs, have their voices heard, help with their physical and mental wellbeing and ensure they are fully understood, valued and supported in their caring role.

People often don’t recognise themselves as a carer but if you provide support to a friend, partner, relative or neighbour who could not manage without you, then you are a carer and Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre can help.

All caring journeys are different, at the Centre we tailor our help and support to each person’s unique situation. All our services are free of charge or subsidised. They can also help with filling in forms for blue badges, attendance allowance, carers allowance etc. For support and advice, you can:

Wigan Alzheimer’s Society Carers Support Service

The service provides practical and emotional support to carers of people with dementia who are nearing crisis or breakdown. This includes Dementia Connect, a personalised service that connects anyone affected by dementia to the support they need, when they need it. They help people access services and overcome any difficulties they may experiencing. They also run Dementia Cafe sessions.

To find out more, you can:

Carer's Allowance

Carer's Allowance is the main welfare benefit to help carers. You may still be able to claim it, even if you don't think of yourself as a carer.

If you need support to fill in the forms from the carers centre, you can call 01942 697885 or visit the Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre website (external link).

Carers Support Service

The Wigan Alzheimer’s Society Carers Support Service provides practical and emotional support to carers of people with dementia who are nearing crisis or breakdown. This includes helping people to access other support services and over-come any difficulties you may experience.

To find out more about the Carers Support Service, you can:

Together in Dementia Everyday (Tide)

Tide is a collection of UK-wide carers who are working together to build a better future for those caring for people living with dementia. For more information about Tide, you can:

Be Well card + 1

The Be Well card + 1 allows free admission for carers, who are supporting a person who needs additional help and assistance when using the swimming pool or gym.

Find a care home

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are an independent regulator for health and social care in England. They inspect all organisations that provide health and social care services. The results of a search on their directory will tell you the rating of the care home and a link to the latest inspection report if one is available.

Think wellbeing

Think Wellbeing offers free NHS therapy for people registered with a Wigan GP with common mental health problems like anxiety or low mood, to help you change the way you feel by changing the way you think. 

Our service is for adults aged 16  and over with common mental health problems like mild to moderate depression, anxiety and stress. We can help with other problems like panic attacks, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Visit Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS FT (external link) for more information or call 01942 764449.

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