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5 key messages for carers

The coronavirus outbreak has placed a strain on everyone, but especially those of us who are caring for someone living with dementia. Here are some simple tips aimed at helping to make things more manageable.

Everyone’s situation is different so some of the tips may be more or less helpful depending on your circumstances.

Stay safe and well

Follow Government guidance on staying well, including the specific guidance for carers on the Carers UK website. Make a plan for what to do if you become ill, and think about who you can talk to if you start to feel overwhelmed.

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Stay connected

Keep in regular contact with friends and family and encourage the person you care for to do the same.

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Keep a sense of purpose

Make a list of jobs and pleasurable activities and create a daily routine that you enjoy. This could be keeping up hobbies or rediscovering old ones.

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Stay active

Stay active in ways that you enjoy. Get some daily exercise outdoors if you can, or indoors if not.

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Stay positive

The current situation is likely to make the pressures and frustrations of being a carer even more difficult. Don’t try to struggle on alone. Ask for support if you need it, and try to make time for yourself.

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