Looking After Yourself
There are so many aspects of looking after someone with Dementia that it is all too easy to neglect the fact that you need to look after yourself in order to perform your caring duties. This part of the website will give you some information and guidance on how to stay well and happy while caring for a person with Dementia.
Limit Expectations, Avoid Stress
Sometimes you will not be able to do everything that you want or plan to while caring for someone with Dementia. Whether it be an unplanned diversion or unavoidable change to your daily activities, do not try to speed up or rush to get everything done. Try not to put yourself under unnecessary pressure by setting targets that you cannot achieve. Be realistic about what you can cope with and plan your daily routines around that. Doing this will help you to keep calm and in control, which in turn will avoid upsetting the person you are caring for.
Eat Well, Sleep Well, Exercise & Take Time Out
When taking on a caring role you need to make sure you are looking after yourself. This involves eating a healthy balanced diet, getting enough sleep, getting regular exercise, and taking a break when you need to recharge your batteries.
Consider your Emotions and Feelings
Too often, carers will ignore their feelings and carry on with their daily routine despite being upset, angry, or depressed. It is likely that the person who you are caring for will notice your change of mood and may think that you are upset with them, which in turn may affect your relationship with the person. Do not ignore your feelings and emotions.
Get Help If You Need It
If you feel you need some help or advice on physical or emotional issues in relation to your caring role, please get some support before things get to the point where you could suffer a physical or emotional breakdown. There are many different avenues where you can get help, and more information on these can be found under the other headings in this section of the website.