A little support makes a big difference

7 tips for supporting carers

Tip 1

Keep in touch

Carers of people living with dementia can often end up isolated given the amount of time they spend caring for loved ones. So keep in touch through phone calls, emails, visits, letters or cards.

Tip 2

Encourage them to take a break

It can be difficult to find the time to take a break when you are caring for a loved one. Help them take a break by offering to spend time with the person they care for.

Tip 3

Help to share some of the responsibilities

To take pressure off the primary carer, offer to help with some of the care tasks or responsibilities.

Tip 4

Invite them out to an outing or event together

Help carers by organising activities you can do together to relax. This might be small – like bringing over a magazine they like to read or making them a cup of tea.

Tip 5

Encourage them to seek support if they need it

You can help a carer find support that works for them by becoming more educated on dementia and the services available.

Tip 6

Help them to look after their physical health

It might be difficult for carers to prioritise their own health as well as the health of the person they care for.

Tip 7

Support them to maintain good mental health

Support them to maintain good mental health If you notice changes in mood such as sadness and grief, encourage them to seek mental health services, talk to a professional or call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.