Caregivers need care too

Many older people care for a family member or friend who needs help - this might be help with eating, getting dressed or washed, or reminding them how to do day-to-day things. You may be looking after someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, or they have severe mobility issues that may render them bedbound and in need of constant care.

If you are distracted, burned out, or otherwise overwhelmed by the daily effort of caregiving, you may find it difficult to connect with the person you are caring for. It is therefore essential that you do not forget about your own needs while you are looking after your loved one. 

Being a carer is an important role but it can also be challenging and may affect your physical or mental health. Make sure you look after your own health and wellbeing as well. Do not be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. Your doctor may be able to help you with linking you with social workers.