Welcome to the latest edition of Senior Snippets: the monthly advisory column with the older members of our community in mind, brought to you by Julie Price, Director of Home Instead in Colchester.
People become carers for many reasons. Anyone that cares for somebody is likely to have many unanswered questions regarding both the care they are giving to their loved one and the care they owe themselves.
Here are some top tips to help you become the best carer you can be. Remember, it is very important that you have someone to turn to when the going gets tough.
1) Help them feel good: A new haircut or item of clothing can do wonders for your loved one’s confidence and self-worth, so don’t forget to treat them every now and again.
2) Be patient: It can often take time to get into a consistent care routine. Keeping calm and patient will allow this to happen whilst also respecting your loved one’s dignity and independence.
3) Accept that they have changed:
The person you care for is unlikely to be the person you know them to be. Accepting this change will help you to stay in the here and now and give the best care possible.
4) Take a guilt free break: Allowing yourself some alone time to unwind a few times each month will help you to recognise and provide a much better quality of care.
5) 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 okay to accept it.
I welcome any suggestions for future topics from you all. All you have to do is write to me;
or Home Instead, The North Colchester Business Centre, 340 The Crescent, Colchester Business Park, Colchester CO4 9AD .
Alternatively, you can also call me on 01206 848427.