Planning for the future – For people who support  you

Supporting someone to help plan their future

You may be able to play a key role is helping the person you support to make decisions.  These could be around finances, care, end of life and other areas given in this document.   We know that many of these decisions can be difficult to discuss and sometimes people need more support and information to help guide them.

We also know that these decisions are best made as soon as possible.  If the health or mental capacity of the person you are supporting gets worse it can be very stressful to try and make decisions in an emergency situation or even to try to think what they would have wanted.  This can lead to feelings of guilt or even disagreements with other people in the persons life.  By supporting the person with dementia now means that they have control to make their own choices.

Inform your GP that you care for someone else

By informing your GP that you are a carer they will be better able to understand that you have this responsibility and be able to guide and support you with this responsibility in mind.

Applying for Benefits:  Carers Allowance

If you spend 35 hours a week or more supporting someone you maybe entitled to a benefit to help cover some of the extra costs.  This could be for washing and cooking, taking the person you care for to a doctor’s appointment or helping with household tasks, like managing bills and shopping.  For information:  Carer’s Allowance – GOV.UK and Carer’s allowance | Age UK

Support in applying for benefits:

Age UK Sheffield – Call:  0114 250 2850
Citizens Advice Sheffield Call:  0808 278 7820

Register with the Sheffield Carers Centre:  Call 0114 272 8362

Sheffield Carers Centre is a key organisation who can help to support you whilst you are supporting your person with dementia.  They offer:

To Register with them:  Either discuss this with a professional already supporting you such as a Dementia Worker, someone from Age UK Sheffield or a social worker and they can refer you or you can register yourself online:  Register With Us | Sheffield Carers Centre

Carers Assessment

You are all legally entitled to a Carers Assessment to assess your needs so that you can continue to offer care to your person.  It assesses areas like:

  • Your physical, emotional and social wellbeing
  • Any other caring roles you have as well as your main one
  • Employment/Education/Training needs
  • Your finances, including benefits
  • Information/Advocacy/Advice
  • Breaks from caring/time for yourself

When:  Now.  There is a usually a long waiting list to be assessed

How:  via Sheffield Carers Centre on 0114 272 8362 (10am to 4pm) or For Information

Planning for an emergency

If you ever have an emergency you might want to have information already available to others so that the person you are supporting continues to be supported whilst you cannot do so.  This might include key people who care for them, what their physical needs are and what are their preferences.  Here is a good form you can fill in now:  Plan for an Emergency | Sheffield Carers Centre

Herbert Protocol – to help find a person who is missing

Fill this form in now with the person you are supporting.  It contains key information which can help the police and anyone else to search for them.  Such information includes their description, old addresses and places they like to visit.  Herbert Protocol – Southyorks Police