Health and social care professionals

This section explains the roles of different health and social professionals, what they do and how they can help you.

If you have been diagnosed with dementia, you are likely to see a range of health and social care professionals at different times. Although it may seem confusing to meet lots of different people, remember that these professionals provide important support and can help you to live well with dementia. 

You will probably see professionals in a range of places, including at the hospital. Some will be NHS health professionals, such as doctors or nurses. They often work alongside ‘allied’ health professionals, such as occupational therapists.

Others who may help you are social care professionals, such as social workers, arranged through your local council. You might also see other staff from a private business, or a voluntary organisation like Alzheimer’s Society or Age UK, such as a dementia adviser. 

Helpful tips when seeing health and social professionals

Seeing a lot of professionals in different places can be confusing.

  • Keep a note of who you have seen and the main things they have said. My visitor book from Alzheimer’s Society is a useful publication to record the health and social care professionals that visit you at home. 
  • Ask someone to come along with you to appointments, if you can.
  • Keep copies of any letters you get from the hospital, your GP or any other health professional.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, or ask anyone to explain anything again if you don’t understand.
Download or order My visitor book

My visitor book is a free booklet for a person with dementia to keep track of the professionals who visit them in their home.

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