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So you think you have no time to look after yourself?
First of all, you may be stressed. Now, close your eyes, take a deep breath, hold it, count to ten, and let it out slowly. Open your eyes, let your head fall back. Take another deep breath and let it out slowly through your mouth. At this point you should feel less stressed.
There is plenty of support out there. It is not shameful to use them. You are not begging. It is your right. You need help to be able to look after the person/persons you are caring for. There are organisations that will give you support and advice, which can also be used to help sufferers, family members and friends. They will support you during times of crisis and find necessary information for you, which you may require as a carer.
Meals at Home
Meals on Wheels will deliver cooked African/Caribbean meals to your home at lunch times. This is provided everyday, as well as within the holiday period. It is very important that you eat well. Always have a proper meal at least once a day. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits.
Friends and Neighbours
Now that you know that dementia is nothing to be ashamed of, why not ask your friends or neighbors for help. They may be able to assist by doing the shopping or other tasks for you. Do not isolate yourself, as you need someone to talk to. Culture Dementia UK will provide support, information and a befriending service. They provide a support group, which is open to everyone on the help line 0800 014 8682.This service is free of charge.
Always keep yourself warm. Do not turn your heating off during the cold weather. Keep the house warm constantly. The Winter Warmth line (0800 289 4041) will give free advice about staying warm and comfortable. Brent Council’s One Stop Shop can provide you with information and grants towards insulating your home.
Sleep is very important. If you are unable to sleep at nights because of the person you are caring for, ensure that you sleep during the day while they are asleep.