If you're caring for a loved one with dementia, navigating a myriad of emotions is inevitable. Balancing the demands of in-home dementia care while tending to personal responsibilities can be overwhelming.
You might feel that it is not always possible to make time for yourself, but it is important for both you and the person living with dementia. Looking after yourself and learning to deal with challenges means you will be in a better position to continue to be the live-in carer for a person with dementia. Keeping yourself healthy; physically, mentally and emotionally can help you to have a better relationship with them.
Caring can have a big impact on your mental and physical health and wellbeing. It is important to look after yourself well so that you can continue to care for the person with dementia.
Try to eat a well-balanced diet, with at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. A healthy diet will be beneficial for the person you care for too.
Taking regular exercise is good for your health both physical and mental. You could try going for a walk or taking up an exercise class, or doing a crossword for example. Whatever you choose should be fun and something that you want to do.
Spending time enjoying your hobbies and interests is good for your mental and physical health.
Try to get enough sleep. Sleep is very important as it helps the brain and body recover from fatigue. It can be difficult if you are providing overnight elderly care and the person you care for has disturbed nights. You may find it easier to sleep when the person you care for is sleeping and may be able to take advantage of daytime naps.
Live-in care offers an alternative to care homes, providing dedicated support within the familiar surroundings of home. While prioritising your loved one's needs is natural, it's vital to remember self-care. Ensuring you have the right support, like live-in care, can make a world of difference in both your lives.
If you need to take a break from care of a loved one to rest, or if you're finding the care a difficult task to take on every day we can help you by arranging a live-in carer to come and live with your relative and take care of them. Please contact Pamela on 01264 319 399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find our more about arranging live-in care.