Caring for a loved one, Alan's top tips

Caring for your loved ones
Caring for your loved ones

Alan has put together some essential tips for those of you caring for a loved one. Caring for a client or family member can be one of the most fulfilling things that you can do, but it can also be an overwhelming and thankless task.  

Below are top ‘coping as a carer’ tips, to help you become the best carer you can be:

  1.      Accept they have changed – Accepting that the care recipient is no longer the person you once knew will help you to stay in the ‘here and now’ and give the best care possible.  
  2.      Take a guilt-free break – allowing yourself time to unwind a few times each month will help you reenergise and provide better quality care.
  3.      Be patient – it can often take time to get into a consistent care routine. Being patient will allow this to happen whilst also respecting your loved one’s dignity.
  4.      Accept help – in order to properly take care of someone else, you need to also be able to take care of yourself. When people offer to help you, it’s ok to accept it.

To make a suggestion for a future topic, please write to Alan at alan.savage@homeinstead.co.uk or by post to Home Instead Senior Care, The Parflo Building, Huxley Street, Altrincham, WA14 5EL. You can also call Alan on 0161 8701136.

 

Alan's Top Tips
Alan's Top Tips

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