New carers checklist

We are the Community Mental Health Team for Older Adults (CMHTOA). 

We have put together a checklist of things that you may find useful as a new carer of someone with dementia. You may find that some suggestions are more of a priority than others and you may like to revisit some at a later point in time.

If you need help or want to register for any of these suggestions, you can contact our Dementia Adviser by:

Your wellbeing

Your GP

Contact your GP to register as a carer.

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Carers assessment

Think about completing a carers assessment with us.

Support groups

Find a local carers support group.

Focus group

Consider being part of our focus group to share your views and help us improve services. 

Make time for yourself

Don't try to do everything by yourself - consider who can give you a hand:

Knowledge and skills

Understanding dementia - training course

Sign up for the understanding dementia - training course for family carers. 

Money matters


Check if there are any benefits that may apply to you or the person you are caring for:

Lasting power of attorney

Consider making a lasting power of attorney for yourself and the person you support. 

Support and resources

Care coordinator

Introduce yourself to your care coordinator. If you don't know who that is, ask us and we can help.

Your care coordinator could be our:

  • Dementia Adviser
  • Community Psychiatric Nurse
  • Social Worker

Social services out of hours

For out of hours emergency social care support, call the Emergency Duty Service on 01344 351999.

Dementia Adviser eNewsletter

Ask us to add your details to our Dementia Adviser eNewsletter distribution list.

Dementia forum

Consider attending our dementia forum, held in May and November.

Utility companies

Contact your utility companies to tell them you are a carer. Some companies may provide benefits.

Home adaptations

Consider if any home adaptations would make things easier.

These could include:

  • handrails
  • stairlifts
  • ramps
  • lifeline pendants
  • medication dispensers

Visit our occupational therapy page

See the 'making your home dementia friendly' booklet from The Alzheimer's Society

Contact information

Dementia Adviser

Contact the dementia adviser by:

For out of hours emergency mental health support, phone 0800 129 9999.

For out of hours emergency social care support, phone 01344 351999.