Don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers, you can just listen without offering advice or judgement. Make sure you ask how they are doing, not just the person they care for.
If you can, continue to keep in touch. Maintaining connection may be particularly important around birthdays or important cultural holidays.
- Keep in touch by sending a personalised card, celebrating them and everything they do
- Help sheet: Tips to assist with social engagement – tips for friends (Page 2: How to support a family member)
- Caring for loved ones with dementia – what have you learnt?
- Call the National Australia Helpline if you’re not sure how to support a carer in your life