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

  1. Caring for a family member is a job and respite is your earned right. Reward yourself often with respite breaks.
  2. Watch out for signs of depression and don’t delay in getting professional help when you need it
  3. When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things that they can do.
  4. Educate yourself about your loved one’s condition and how to communicate effectively with doctors.
  5. There’s a difference between caring and doing. Be open to technologies and ideas that promote your loved one’s independence
  6. Trust your instincts. Most of the time they’ll lead you in the right direction.
  7. Carers often do a lot of lifting, pushing and pulling. Be good to your back.
  8. Grieve for your losses and then allow yourself to dream new dreams.
  9. Seek support from other carers. There is great strength in knowing you are not alone.
  10. Stand up for your rights as a carer and a citizen.

Read our very useful Running on Empty guidelines