Thousands of dementia sufferers in Wales are going into care homes too early according to the Alzheimer's Society. It says this is often due to a lack of support and knowledge of the services that are available.
The charity is hoping that better publicity of what help is out there will keep people in their own homes for longer. Our Correspondent Joanna Simpson went to meet a couple from Cardiff who would like to do exactly that.
A leading dementia charity is warning that more than one in ten people living with the condition in Wales are going into care 'too early' due to lack of care and support.
Sue Phelps, from Alzheimers Society in Wales says people with dementia and their carers need more information about what support is available.
The Alzheimer's Society has published advice for people living with dementia and their carers:
- stay mentally and physically active
- find out what financial support is available
- see an occupational therapist
- learn more about services in your area
- talk to family and friends, and accept offers of help
"I'm so pleased my mother was able to be cared for at home but it was only possible with help from dedicated services" says TV presenter Richard McCourt - best known as one half of 'Dick and Dom'.
"If you or a loved one have recently received a diagnosis or just don't know where to turn, I urge you to find your local service and read the Alzheimer's Society's top tips on living with dementia at home."
More than one in ten people living with dementia in Wales have to go into care when they could still be cared for at home, the Alzheimer's Society warns.
It says people aren't necessarily aware of the support that's available, or don't seek help early enough.
– Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer's Society
Home means something special to all of us. Many people living with dementia have been forced to leave their safe-havens which is unacceptable.
By seeking support early, people living with dementia may avoid reaching a crisis point unnecessarily which results in them moving in to long term care