LEARN ABOUT, AND LINK INTO, AVAILABLE SUPPORTS
Acknowledge you will need different types of help at different times, advises Samantha Taylor.
“You can build a support network by talking to family, friends, health and social care professionals and by accessing supports and services such as dementia advisers, family carer education courses, social clubs, support groups, day care, home care and respite care.”
Make a point of joining and attending carers’ groups, which can provide much-needed peer support.
Cox suggests: “You can share your feelings and frustrations with someone who is going through the same experience as you. “These are very safe and non-judgemental environments in which to share your experiences and your feelings.” She adds that the Careline facility is there to provide both a listening ear and a valuable service for information and advice.