Practical tips for Carers
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- Keep a folder with all useful telephone numbers, hospital appointments and letters, blood tests and results including leaflets and information sheets. This way its easy to go to one place for information and correct any over sights or answer queries.
- Before an appointment always take time with your cared for and write down question you may want to ask.
- If the person you care for is being discharged from hospital make sure you have all the information you need and any equipment in the home to make it easier for you all to cope. Make sure you are clear about any medication they are taking.
- Emergency out of hour’s contact numbers are useful should an emergency or distressing event occur.
- Ensure you know who to contact in an emergency it always helpful to have a plan especially if you become ill or need to have an operation or simply just taking time out for yourself. The plan should include other friends and/or family who can take your place and support your cared for. The plan should have their names, relation to the cared for and contact numbers. Carers of Barking and Dagenham can help you develop a plan if you need more support contact us for more information.
- Care plans are an agreement between the patient and their health care professional to help them manage their day to day tasks and health.
- As a carer being assertive is really important. You will need to be prepared to challenge people and ask questions when you do not understand complicated medical jargon. Tell people when it’s not a good time to visit.
- Relationships can come under strain when a person become ill and you become their carer. Relationships can grow and develop there will be ups and downs. You may both be trying to protect one another and find it hard to show your emotions. You as a carer may have health issues of your own to cope with too.
- Do not be defined by your caring role alone, take time for yourself, ensure you continue to pursue hobbies and friendships. If you don’t allow time to yourself you may become resentful and feel more stress and unhappy in your caring role.
- Moving and handling a person safely is beneficial to your cared for and yourself at Carers of Barking and Dagenham we offer Moving and Handling one day training we also offer first aid training, put your name down for the next training days.