Getting support as dementia progresses

Dementia advice and support

Alzheimer Scotland run a freephone Dementia Helpline, 24 hours a day. If you, or your family need to talk to someone about living with dementia, call them on 0808 808 3000.

Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Advisors are also available to support people with dementia and their carers throughout all stages of the journey, from diagnosis to end of life.

Age Scotland have a free, confidential helpline service for older people, their carers, and families in Scotland. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Later stages of dementia

The later stages of dementia generally represents a time when you will become more frail. Some people prefer not to think about this stage of their dementia, while others would rather know more and be prepared.

If you have had support at an early stage after diagnosis planning for your future care needs will have been part of this. Therefore, you will have practical measures in place to support you, such as Power of Attorney. The Being well informed section of this website has more information on Power of Attorney and other aspects of the law and dementia rights.

The support you might need at this stage depends on:

  • how your dementia affects you
  • the family support around you
  • where you live, for example at home or in a care home

An assessment of your needs may already have been done but if this hasn’t been done you can request an assessment. How to get care services on Aberdeenshire Council’s website explains how to do this.

The Alzheimer’s Society website has general advice and information on what to expect in the later stages of dementia.