Dementia Resources

dementia resources

We have put together a range of Dementia resources from around the web to help you gain knowledge and understanding of this important subject.

Dementia and Carers

Dementia and carers: workers’ resource (PDF)

Dementia and carers is a brief guide from Skills for Care for workers & carers together. It outlines the main areas of knowledge that a care worker supporting a person with dementia and their family or friends carers should have.

Accessing and sharing information: Acting on behalf of a person with dementia (PDF)

This booklet from the Alzheimer’s Society gives practical advice on handling someone’s personal information to help them manage their affairs, or when managing their affairs for them.

Tailored resource for supporting people with dementia

This resource is aimed at both care providers and carers focusing on the key messages from each quality statement relative to each audience.

Dementia in Social Care

Supporting the Social Care Workforce to Deliver Person Centred Care for People with Dementia (PDF)

This practice guidance from the Care Council for Wales is primarily for use by managers and supervisors within settings that support people with dementia.

How to identify dementia for care assistants guide (PDF)

The guide from Skills for Care includes tips on what you should be looking for and what you should do if you suspect someone may have dementia.

Supporting people with dementia and other conditions (PDF)

This supporting people with dementia and other conditions case study-based guide from Skills for Care is to support the social care workforce working with people with dementia who have other conditions.

Common Core Principles for Supporting People with Dementia (PDF)

Skills for Care have published The Common Core Principles for Dementia.  This is a guide to training the social care and health workforce that will help to develop a workforce that responds confidently to the person with dementia and give understanding on how to enter their world and support the life they are leading.

The Dementia Evidence Toolkit

The Dementia Evidence Toolkit is for commissioners, care providers, people working in health and social care and people with dementia and their families.

Nutrition and Dementia

Eating well for people with Dementia – a guide for carers (PDF)

This guide published by Northern and Health and Social Care Trust is for anyone caring for a person with dementia.

Dementia Awareness

Top 8 Myths (and the Truths) about Dementia

Many of us will be guilty of assuming that dementia is simply something all older people suffer from. Some of us will think that dementia means the end of a happy life and that nothing can be done to help those with it. Well, as you’ve probably guessed, these thoughts are simply not true.

Hints and Tips about Dementia (PDF)

Dementia Web has published a Hints and Tips about Dementia guide.  This excellent guide covers a range of important topics around Dementia including person centred care, communication, diagnosis, care options and personal care.

Living Well With Dementia

A booklet from NHS Scotland for those who are either worried about dementia or who have been diagnosed.

Dementia Friends

Learn more about what it is like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.

Dementia Activities and Environment

Guide to dementia friendly days out (PDF)

An excellent guide to dementia friendly days out book from Care UK. It shows how important it is for those living with dementia – and their carers – to get out and about; it explains how to plan trips and how to make the most out of every outing, big or small.

Creating dementia friendly workplaces guide for employers (PDF)

This creating dementia friendly workplaces guide for employers from the Alzheimer’s Society is designed to help them provide support for staff members with dementia. It may also be a useful resource for people living with, or affected by, dementia in the workplace.

How to make a Sensory Room for people living with dementia (PDF)

This guide offers advice on best practice regarding the engagement of residents living with dementia in daily activities that support their health and sense of wellbeing.

Dementia Activities: a guide for carers of people with dementia (PDF)

This dementia activities from booklet from Alzheimer Scotland is for carers who look after someone who has moderate to severe dementia and need help with planning daily activities.

Dementia Friendly Care Environment

SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) has published 2 films on creating a Dementia Friendly Care Environment.

Using ICT in activities for people with dementia

This Using ICT in activities for people with dementia guide from SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) is a short introduction to using information and communication technology for people with dementia.

Homecare and Dementia Guidance

Better domiciliary care for people with dementia (PDF)

This better domiciliary care for people with dementia guide has been commissioned by the Department of Health. It is aimed at leaders and managers working in domiciliary services that are providing care and support to people with dementia.

Parkinson’s guide for home care workers (PDF)

This Parkinson’s guide for home care workers provides a wealth of information. It looks at the symptoms of Parkinson’s, treatments available and the potential side effects of these treatments.

Dementia Communication and Language

Dementia words matter: Guidelines on language about dementia (PDF)

These guidelines on language about dementia from DEEP (Dementia Engagedment and Empowerment Project) are aimed at Journalists, organisations and communications departments.

Communicating with people living with dementia guide (PDF)

Care UK has produced this communicating with people living with dementia guide ‘Listen, talk, connect’. It is to support anyone who wants to communicate effectively with someone living with dementia.

DemTalk – Free Dementia Toolkit for Effective Communication

DemTalk is the online toolkit for effective communication with and for people living with dementia. It offers free advice and shares ideas about how everyone can make communication easier and better. Different versions of the toolkit are tailored for different people.

Toolkit to Help Loved Ones Discuss Dementia

Bupa have launched a Toolkit to Help Loved Ones Discuss Dementia. This is to help people communicate with friends and loved ones who are living with dementia.

Dementia Videos

Dementia Videos: Good practice in post diagnosis support (YouTube)

Five new dementia videos from the Department of Health highlight a range of initiatives to support people with dementia in different areas of England. The videos, which have been published for Dementia Awareness Week 2015.

Dementia Training Videos

Three Motion teamed up with NHS dementia experts to provide a series of bite sized educational dementia training videos to help the increasing number of people touched in some way by dementia, from carers to family members to public servants.

Younger people with dementia

The DVD provides insights and information from younger people with dementia and their family carers about their journey to diagnosis and which resources are available to support living well with dementia.

Coping with dementia – a practical DVD for carers

These short films will help you understand dementia and learn from other carers’ experiences. It also provides practical suggestions about caring.

Dementia Awareness Video – Reality of Living with Dementia (YouTube)

They all have a diagnosis of dementia and work with others, sharing their experiences and supporting them to live well in this dementia awareness video.

Living with dementia video from SCIE

This brutally honest film reminds us that although dementia causes the loss of some abilities, people’s feelings remain intact.

Person Centred Dementia Care Video

Watch this video to hear about what person-centred care means for people with dementia and their carers.

Dementia care and the power of music

This video demonstrates the power of music with someone suffering from Dementia.

Social Care TV: Getting to know the person with dementia – the importance of memories

This film is about the importance of  getting to know the person with dementia, learning about their memories and experience, understanding the person's history and their likes and dislikes.

Dementia in Healthcare

Dementia e-Learning resource for practitioners

NHS Health Check Programme Introducing the Dementia Component. Increasing Awareness & Signposting E-learning resource for practitioners. This e-learning package will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and must be completed in one session and consists of 5 modules.

Practice Guidance for working with People with Dementia (PDF)

This Practice Guidance for working with People with Dementia developed by the Care Council aims to assist managers and staff to increase their knowledge and skills in person-centred working with people with dementia.

Dementia Revealed Toolkit (PDF)

This Dementia revealed toolkit written by Dr Elizabeth Barrett is intended as an educational resource for use by GPs and practice nurses to expand their knowledge and confidence.

Dementia Toolkits

Dementia Profile

This profile has been developed to support the work of the Dementia Intelligence Network (DIN) in providing health intelligence with which to inform the provision of care of people in England who have dementia.

SCIE Dementia Gateway

The Dementia Gateway from SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) provides a huge range of resources including videos, publications and e-Learning.

Dementia and Personlisation

Progress for Providers resource developed for dementia (PDF)

In Control is pleased to have worked with colleagues to develop a new Progress for Providers resource to help achieve greater personalisation for people with dementia living in care homes.

Dementia Tool for Checking Progress on Personalisation (PDF)

This Dementia tool published by Progress for Providers will help you check the progress in delivering a personalised service for people living with Dementia.


MAKING A START: Dementia – skilling the housing workforce (PDF)

This report and Resource Pack is aimed at providing information to assist housing providers in equipping their workforce with the knowledge and skills they need to work effectively with people who have dementia.

Dementia Support Organisations