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You have become a carer, you may not have thought you would be, and now you have some questions with respect to both the care you are providing for your loved one and the care you owe to yourself.
Here are some top tips to help you turn into the best carer you can be. Remember that it’s great if you have somebody to turn to when difficulties arise.
Help them feel great: another hair style or new clothing can do wonders for your loved one's confidence and self-esteem, so keep in mind to treat them sometimes.
Patience: It takes time to get into a regular care routine. Resisting the urge to panic and staying patient will allow this to happen and will help to maintain your loved one’s independence and dignity.
Accept that they have changed: The person you are looking after may not be the person you used to know. Accepting they are different will keep you in the here and now and help you provide the best possible care.
Take a break: Allowing time for yourself will allow you to rest and evaluate the care you are providing. Don’t feel guilty about having a break a couple times a month, you’ll feel better for it.
Accept assistance: Taking care of someone else can be hard and to do it well you need to take care of yourself. If friends offer to help, say yes, its okay to accept it.
If you have any questions please can contact us to find how we can help.
Thank you for all the support and care you gave my father and our family. Home Instead's reliable service and superb, understanding caregivers enabled Dad to enjoy living at home for as long as possible. The records kept and phone calls were very helpful and useful. I was able to see changes is Dad's abilities and adjust care accordingly. As Dad's condition deteriorated in September and October, I phoned the office many times. Communication was excellent and staff were always understanding and helpful. Dad is now in residential care and I was delighted when Sutton Home Instead agreed to continue with supporting Dad once a week. He is very lucky!Mrs B