Advice on caring for the elderly

Advice on caring for the elderly

Anyone from partners to brothers, sisters, children or friends can find themselves providing support to a person who needs help. Your friend or relative may have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, or be too elderly to take care of themselves.

Being a carer can be very rewarding, but sometimes also challenging and stressful. It helps to be aware of all the support networks available to help you fulfil your supporting roles.

Where to start

Often care is required when something happens or a situation changes.

Find out where to start, especially if you need to care for someone suddenly—for example, if they have suffered a stroke or heart attack.

Read about supporting people with a specific health condition—where you might be dealing with gradual physical changes.

Carer support

As a carer, you may feel a range of emotions including:

anger or resentment—as your life has now changed

guilt—about feeling anger or resentment

frustration or impatience—as the person you’re caring for cannot do things they used to do, or now does things slower.

There are many different resources offering support for carers including carer support groups which provide emotional support, advice, and the chance to meet and talk with other carers.

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