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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -

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.”

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