Carers play a crucial role in giving the support and care that elderly people need to carry out basic everyday tasks. While this is selfless and commendable work, carers also need some time to care for themselves, especially since they fulfil a role that can be quite challenging to some.
Because of this, there is a wide array of programs and services that are available for carers. Before utilising these services, it is important to assess your needs and situation before finding a program that will best serve your needs as a carer.
If you want to learn more about assessing your needs as a carer, finding available support services and programs, and tips on how to take care of yourself as a carer, please continue exploring our article below.
If you are a carer, there are a few things that you need to consider and examine in order to keep you and the person you care for as healthy as can be, whether it be physically, mentally, emotionally or all of these things.
In order to accomplish this, you will need to take a carer needs assessment so that you can learn what resources you might require in the future. To carry out a self-assessment, you should also note down how many hours you spend weekly helping and supervising the person you care for with tasks such as behaviour, mobility, personal hygiene, social participation, and more.
There is a wide range of support services for carers depending on what you need, given your circumstances and caring situation. Some examples of support services for carers include the following:
All of these services are available to carers to help support whatever needs you may have to maintain your health and the health of your loved one as well.
Aside from seeking help and assistance from carer-oriented support services and programs, we also have a few tips to help you look after yourself as a carer. Here they are below:
As carers, it is important that you recognise that your health and wellbeing is important as well. There are a few things that you can do to maintain your own health and wellbeing, but there are also several support services and programs that can help provide the resources you need to remain healthy physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Iris Manor provides all levels of care from low to high care with 24-hour nursing care onsite. We do not charge the 3 different fees that are normally associated with government-funded homes.
At Iris Manor, there are no long term contracts, no lump sum RAD or DAP, simply a fixed weekly rate. Come and see our facilities at Iris Manor and find out for yourself how good our place is for your loved ones.
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