Even The Carer Needs A Break

If you are caring for a person with dementia, you may at times feel totally exhausted and need a little caring yourself; just a bit of ‘time out’ to regain your energy, to visit the hairdresser or catch up with an old friend. Taking a break from being the carer is important for anyone providing day to day care for someone with dementia.take a break

Taking a break is important for all those involved as caring for someone with dementia can be physically and emotionally tiring, demanding and stressful. Families and carers can easily become isolated from social contacts, particularly if they are unable to leave the person you are caring for.

Taking a break is important also for those with dementia since they too need a holiday or some time out and create happy memories. It gives the person an opportunity to socialise and meet other people, and to get used to other people providing support and caring for them.

All too often the carer puts their own needs last on the list of priorities to the detriment of themselves and sometimes creating their own health breakdown. Sometimes it is not knowing that help is available or where or how to organise that break. Or sometimes they just don’t feel they could never leave their loved ones and need to stay and provide the care constantly by themselves. 

But there are lots of ways to take a break depending on what suits you and your family. The person with dementia can also get to enjoy themselves with new or familiar experiences which can feel either exciting or create anxiety if they haven’t even broken those ties. We usually find it is a very positive enhancement to their quality of life.

Other family members and friends may be happy to help out by giving you a break from caring. Often it’s just a matter of asking.

You may be eligible to also have your break funded by the Federal or State Government, therefore taking the burden of having the break away from you. Sometimes the break may be offered in a specialised centre for people with dementia.

The break may range from a few hours to several days a week depending on needs. Another way to take a break is to have a care worker come to the house to enable you to do things outside the house. They may also accompany the person with dementia to an activity that they enjoy. This is often called in-home respite as it begins and finishes at home. We often find this is the most positive break for both carer and the person with dementia.

It is common for people with dementia to find new environments and new people unsettling. Because of this it is important to plan ahead for a positive respite experience. Many families and carers have found it useful to start using regular respite as early as possible so that everyone can get used to sharing dementia care. It is often best to start with small breaks and build up to longer ones.

You will know best how far in advance to tell the person with dementia about the break. Reassure them if they are anxious and make sure that they know that you are positive about the break, even if you’re feeling a little anxious yourself. Talking with other families and carers about ways they’ve managed to make respite a positive experience may give you some practical ideas for managing.

Our experience has been that having the same carer each and every time the carer wants to have that break then reassures the person with dementia that there is some routine and a familiar face that they have formed a bond with.  That is a win/win for both sides.

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Testimonial_ R from Deception Bay

As a customer of Your Home Care for nearly 3 years I have always found Linda and her team to be helpful, professional and prompt. The staff she employs who come into my home to look after our 4 year old’s high care needs are very caring and trustworthy. They are a part of our family, we refer to them as our angels! If we have a problem I know I can contact Linda and the problem will be dealt with promptly and professionally, and I have always found that Linda and her staff are willing to go the extra mile to assist us.

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Testimonial_ Ms m

“Our family was impressed by the quality of your workers and how the care provided was adapted to our individual needs. We needed a young and efficient carer that our high-needs young adult could relate to, but with enough authority to support our two autistic pre-teens and a child. We were delighted to have Your Home Care with us!”

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Home Nursing taking the stress off carers

This story in the Daily newspaper highlights the difference that Your Home Care is making by relieving the stress on families, whatever their circumstances or age.

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Testimonial – Mrs G

I feel so much better since the girls started supporting me, and they obviously have alot of experience.

Mrs G

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Help is at hand as the years creep away

Sunshine Coast Daily_help is at hand   “a quick visit every day or two to help with showering, making the bed or washing clothes could help the elderly maintain independence,
and start each day afresh with dignity. For the full story about how we are making a difference to people’s lives, follow the link

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Home Care is a Low Cost Option

The Sunday Mail-Home Care is a Low Cost Option    this article aims to inform people that home care is an option for all ages, and the benefits to busy families of having someone come to their home are huge.

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Could you do with a better nights sleep?

Do you need to sleep better?

If you are often tired, irritable and not giving your best during the day, you may need more (or better quality sleep).

Here are some ways to do that:

•Regularly practise a relaxation exercise in the evening can help you wind down and prepare for sleep

•Try not to read, eat, work or watch TV in bed. Your bedroom must be a place associated with going to sleep.

•If you can’t get to sleep after about 15 minutes, get out of bed and do something not too stimulating (e.g. watch TV or read a book) in another room. Once you feel sleepy again, go back to bed.

•Repeat the process if you still can’t get to sleep.

•Keep to a routine at night as much as possible, so your body recognises it as a signal to wind down, ready to sleep.

•Don’t have a heavy meal just before bed, as your body will be working hard to digest it.

•Avoid coffee and cigarettes after 6pm. If you do have coffee or cigarettes at night, don’t have them too close to bed time

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Tips to managing stress

Tips to Manage Stress

Put simply, stress is the response that we have as individuals when our ability to cope with what is being asked of us, or what we are asking of ourselves, exceeds what we can deliver. In times of greatest pressure and stress we tend to forget about ourselves. We are often too busy, too worried or too tired to look after ourselves. However, it’s times like these that we need to give ourselves the best chance of surviving the stressful time by being fit, healthy and as relaxed as possible.

Relieve stress by:

•Think differently. Keep it in perspective, is it really that important in the whole scheme of life, if you can’t change the situation then push it from your mind, distract yourself with pleasant relaxing thoughts, visualise a place that is calm and serene.

•Act differently. Change routines that increase stress, breathe deeply when you feel tension levels rising, limit or avoid activities that you know are going to raise stress levels

•Have a healthy lifestyle. Good diet, exercise and good relationships will enable you to achieve the above steps more easily.

 

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Healthy tips for computer use

Healthy Tips for  Computer Use

1. Take regular posture breaks – recommended 5 mins every ½ hour

2. Alternate tasks to minimise postural discomfort

3. Perform stretches during posture breaks, especially upper body stretches that open up the chest.

4. Ensure workstation is set-up according to best practice

5. Place frequently used items within easy reach

6. Use your lunch break to exercise – going for a 15 minute walk. Do not take it at your desk

7. Hydrate – drink water throughout the working day to minimise fatigue related to static postures

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