It’s not easy to ask for help, especially when we might not even realise we need it.
“The cancer was stage four by the time it was diagnosed, and I went through three years of treatment, including three months in hospital, but nothing was working and the cancer kept coming back.”
When a person is diagnosed with a life-changing condition or disease, it usually falls to a family member to keep life’s routines ticking along.
It’s all about planning. Providing care in the privacy of the home is one thing, but there will be times when you need to do so in public.
Welcoming someone over for a visit is one thing, but getting used to an outside carer being a regular presence in your home is another. There will no doubt be an adjustment period as you get to know each other and understand the way you both like to do things.
Self-care is a bit of a buzzword these days, but that’s because we all need it. Carers especially are in a role which prioritises the well-being of others, with their time and attention spent looking after someone else.
It pays to be prepared, especially if you’re a carer. You are responsible for the people you look after, who will be relying on you to keep them safe. Ideally, you’ll already know what to do should an incident occur while you’re caring for someone, however, have you considered external situations, such as bushfires? Do you have a backup plan in case you get sick, or get into an accident?
You’ve wandered into the kitchen and can’t recall what you wanted or how you got there. You’re always losing your keys and don’t quite know what day it is. If this sounds like you, be reassured that at least you’re not alone. Many of us find our memories failing us, and this becomes a more regular occurrence as we age.