When a family member or friend can't take care of himself or herself any more you may feel that it is your responsibility to step in and help them out. Looking after someone in this way can be rewarding but it can also be tiring, time-consuming and stressful.
But there are plenty of organisations that can offer you advice and emotional support. They can help to take a break from your responsibilities so that you don't have to feel like you're coping all alone.
If you are an unpaid carer, you have the right to a carer's assessment. This will give you the opportunity to discuss any help you need with caring and maintaining your own health and well-being. Contact IAT on 020 8489 1400 or IAT@haringey.gov.uk
The following websites all provide independent information and advice on caring for someone with dementia: