Caring for a person with dementia can be rewarding and challenging. It is important to give yourself permission to reach out and accept help.
It is important to find people who are there for you, to listen without judgement and provide support.
It’s okay to not know what to do sometimes. Carers do not magically have all the answers.
It is important to find or maintain activities that feel like something you do just for yourself.
As a carer, making time for regular exercise and physical activity can be tricky. See if you can regularly prioritise gardening, walking together or other little things that help promote an active lifestyle.
If you have to move or lift the person you are caring for, seek advice from your doctor or an allied health professional to reduce your risk of injury.
As with seeking emotional support, give yourself permission to ask for and accept help when you feel you need it. Try to involve family members, friends and professionals and share responsibilities. This will take some of the pressure off you.