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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -

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.

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