How the GP can support a person with dementia

9. Carers' Plans

Caring for someone with dementia can cause a lot of physical and emotional stress. Try to dedicate some time for yourself and don't neglect your own health and wellbeing. You should see your own GP on a regular basis (at least once a year or when they need to) to check up on your health and discuss any problems you may be experiencing.

Many GP surgeries have a carers' register. It can be helpful for carers to join this as it means that GPs are aware they have caring responsibilities. It may also mean that carers are called in for health checks, sent out newsletters and other relevant information, and signposted to sources of support and information. Ask your GP surgery if they have a carers' register and if you can be registered. For more information see our page Carers: looking after yourself.