National Dementia Carers Day was on the 11th September, this doesn’t mean we can’t show our appreciation and support for carers throughout the year. It’s important to recognise how hard a carer will work every day to support and care for the person living with dementia. Usually if the carer is a loved one they will be caring for them out of love, which can make it difficult for them to see how dementia is affecting them.
Recognising that a dementia carer is doing a great job and celebrating them, can instantly change their outlook and attitude. Often carers find it a challenge to stay positive and can sometimes start to feel undervalued, unloved and in despair; this can have adverse effects on the person they are caring for.
However, if a carer feels positively valued, then they are more likely to reflect this positive outlook onto the person they are caring for. People living with dementia can often struggle with day to day activities, at some later stages people living with dementia may need help with eating and drinking. Seeing a loved one go through this is certainly difficult but living through it with them must be somewhat worse.
It is always important to make sure the carer gets regular breaks, stays healthy and engages with professionals, friends and family. Sometimes it can be difficult to cope with the changes to their relationships and carers often do not have enough sleep or find the time to complete daily tasks for themselves. That is why it is important to recognise how hard dementia carers work on a daily basis.
There are many organisations and charities that have been set up to support not only the person living with dementia but also their carer. They offer many things from advice, to organising events, support groups and even someone to just have a chat with.
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