Barnsley dementia charity says carer support is vital

A former dementia carer from Barnsley says continued support for others, who are in the same position she was once in, is vital.

Linda Pattison, who now works for local dementia charity Barnsley Independent Alzheimers And Dementia Support (BIADS), says it is a tough job to look after a loved one.

She was in her early 20s when she started helping her mum: "I had to give up my job. Then you end up in a sort of bubble with the person with the illness. You're not sure what's happening or what's going to happen. Sometimes you just need somebody to talk to, because the person you would have normally talked to is just disappearing before your eyes because of the illness."

The organisation is looking to find funds to keep its carer support service going, which currently helps around 200 families.

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