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?
There’s no doubt that our summer heat is among the world’s harshest, and while it can be uncomfortable for most people, it can also be a serious danger, particularly as we get older.
As a carer, you may feel like you’re being pulled in lots of different directions. Being the primary carer for someone is a big job, so it goes without saying that looking after more than one person can increase the demands being put on you.