There is so much information on the internet that I found it impossible to know where to look first. Here are some recommendations which I hope you find useful. There are a series of tabs which run along the top of this page, under which you'll find lots of pages. If you can't find what you want, try using the search facility and if you still cant find it, please email to let me know so I can sort that out for you.
Commonly used words and phrases relating to dementia
The first place to begin may be a "Jargon buster" to help you understand some of the words and phrases used in social care. A list of the most commonly used has been put together by TLAP (Think local, act personal)
During March 2013 The Department of Health ran the Dementia Village at Expo, with exhibitors, events and speeches all related to dementia. They captured all the activity and lots of videos and information in an online resource. It's well worth taking a read through the "Storify" to find out about lots of resources and initiatives. For example - did you know that there are dogs who can support people who have dementia? Take a look at the information which has been put together.
Did you know there is a Dementia Strategy? Well worth a read as it will highlight what's being done to raise awareness, achieve early diagnosis of dementia and good quality treatment.
The main GOV.UK website is the place to go to find up to date information
In 2014 The Care Act was passed (UK). The main fact sheet can be found here.
Who regulates care? There's a page about social care regulation in England, Scotland and Wales.
General legal issues - there's also a page called "Legal Info"
If your relative is living independently, you may be able to register them as being a vulnerable adult, with your power supplier who will give them a priority number call and will support them during power failures - you may wish to register your details instead, to avoid confusion and distress for your relative.
UK Power Networks (they manage all the electrical power across London, South East and East of England) offer this service and in some instances will provide emergency generators if hoists and stair lifts are used by your relative. British Gas have a similar service as do Western Power (Midlands, South West and Wales), and Eon. If you know of any others please let me know.
Dementia Web also have resources (Legal planning and dementia) with information around the legalities such as Lasting Power of Attorney and Living Wills.
Lasting power of Attorney
Appointing someone to make decisions on your behalf from the UK government website.
Most of the information you'll need is under the Care sections. If you or the person with dementia have a social worker or other Local authority input they will also be able to signpost you to other resources. Don't forget your local Citizen's Advice may also be able to advise you.
If you can't find what you want, run a search on the website which should find you information via related keywords. If you still can't find it please email me so I can rectify that and add the information.