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Dementia UK

Tuesday, 23 November, 2021 - 11:00 to Thursday, 23 December, 2021 - 11:00

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Hi Supporter,

Christmas is a time of excitement and festivity, but for some, the holidays can be stressful and worrying. And if you care for someone with dementia, it can be a challenging time, both emotionally and practically.  

Our Admiral Nurses want to share the following tips with you, based on the types of calls they receive on our Helpline at this time of year. Hopefully these ideas will help you feel more prepared and relaxed this Christmas.

1. Plan ahead  

Over the Christmas period, services like pharmacies, shops, GPs, dentists and mental health services have reduced opening hours. To make sure you’re not caught out, try to get things sorted in good time before you start celebrating with friends or family.  

Get the shopping done well in advance, order and collect any prescriptions you or the person you care for will need, and organise paid care cover if necessary.  

Read all 12 tips on our website

2. Have a practice run

If you’re bringing a loved one with dementia out of their care home over the festive period, have a few practice runs. This will help you figure out if it’s realistic and achievable to take them out of their care home for Christmas.  

Include the care home staff in your planning, and ask them for their advice and how they might be able to support you.  

3. Be kind to yourself 

Christmas can be especially difficult if you’re spending it alone – for example, if your loved one has moved into a care home, or you've been bereaved. Give yourself time to process your feelings, be kind to yourself, and spend your Christmas in whatever way you need to. 

Coping with loss and bereavement can take a long time, and even if you thought you were doing ok, you might experience a ‘dip’ around a family-oriented time like Christmas. 

Read all 12 Christmas tips on our website
If you need someone to talk to, you can call the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline on 0800 888 6678 – it’s open every day apart from 25th December. If you’re looking for someone to talk to on Christmas Day, you can call Silver Line on 0800 470 8090.
Make sure you’re following us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, where we’ll be posting these tips throughout December and inviting supporters to share their advice. 

Best wishes,
Dementia UK

PS next week is Black Friday. If you're planning to make some savings on the day, there are lots of ways you can support Dementia UK through your online shopping. Find out more on our website.