MAKE A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO LOOK AFTER YOURSELF
“We have found, over the years, that for many family carers it is instinctive to look after someone you love, but that looking after yourself is not automatic,” says Taylor. “It is something you have to make a conscious decision to do,” she adds, adding that when a caregiver is ‘building in’ support services and networks, he or she also needs to think about building in the necessary supports to allow them time away from caring.
“Often, we have to make a decision to do this. Nobody else can make that decision for you but, once you do, people can help and support you. Everyone benefits when a caregiver is looking after themselves: it is good for you, good for your loved one with dementia and good for your family.”