Looking After Yourself
Looking after a family member who needs your help and support throughout or at a particular time in their lives is one of the most generous and good-natured gifts you can give. It is often demanding and exhausting and it is sometimes easy to become overstretched. You must therefore look after YOU.
10 Tips for Family Carers
- Caring for a family member is a job and respite is your earned right. Reward yourself often with respite breaks.
- Watch out for signs of depression and don’t delay in getting professional help when you need it
- When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things that they can do.
- Educate yourself about your loved one’s condition and how to communicate effectively with doctors.
- There’s a difference between caring and doing. Be open to technologies and ideas that promote your loved one’s independence
- Trust your instincts. Most of the time they’ll lead you in the right direction.
- Carers often do a lot of lifting, pushing and pulling. Be good to your back.
- Grieve for your losses and then allow yourself to dream new dreams.
- Seek support from other carers. There is great strength in knowing you are not alone.
- Stand up for your rights as a carer and a citizen.
Read our very useful Running on Empty guidelines