Looking after yourself
Caring for someone with dementia can be challenging both emotionally and physically. It is important to remember that looking after yourself is just as important as looking after a spouse, partner, family member, or friend who has dementia.
Attending to your needs
As a carer, it can be easy to focus all your energy on the person in your care. However, neglecting your personal needs and self-care can lead to burnout, a common consequence of stress and overworking in carers.
You need to remember that you are an individual with needs and interests of your own, and that there needs to be a balance in order for you to continue living a satisfying life. At times it may not seem possible to live ‘your own life’ while supporting someone else, but we are able to help you work out how you can look after your own needs too.
Common feelings - you are not alone
We understand that looking after someone with dementia can be isolating, challenging and overwhelming. There are many common feelings you may experience as a carer – grief, guilt, anger, sadness, resentment, or even embarrassment. While these are all normal feelings to have, life as a carer is much more enjoyable for you and the person in your care if you are well-rested and taking care of yourself.
Help and support
At Dementia Auckland, we have many free programmes and services that are available city-wide to assist you to cope well with your role as a carer. Whether you need a keyworker, a support group to talk to, formal education, or just a leisurely activity that you and the person you care for can enjoy together, Dementia Auckland has a wide range of servicescatered towards helping carers like yourself.