LIFE MATTERS: Recognising the impact that dementia can have on a carer
During the last year “Zoom” is a word that has become part of my vocabulary and “Zooming” has become a way of life for me in order to ensure that I stay connected to family, friends and, of course, my work colleagues.
As a marketing and communications officer it’s vital that I’m up to date with what’s happening within the hospice to enable me to focus on conveying specific and relevant messages to our communities.
This has always involved regular update meetings but during the last year instead of meeting around the table in the office– you’ve guessed it – we now meet via Zoom!
This week, at my communications meeting with clinical lead, Nina Burnett, the two of us discussed the support HospiceCare is able to offer to those people in our communities who are caring for a loved one who have a dementia diagnosis.
If you are a carer you may be so busy caring for someone that you have no time or energy left to see friends and family who then may drift away as your life becomes so different from theirs.
Often finding that emotional demands of caring for a loved one and focusing on their wellbeing means that you neglect your own.
HospiceCare recognises the impact that dementia can have on a person and their carers.
As part of our clinical services we have a Dementia Support worker with a high-level of experience in caring for those with dementia, offering practical advice and signposting to relevant support where necessary.
We also offer respite so that a carer can take some time back for themselves this may be reading a book, taking a long walk, or simply getting a good night’s sleep.
If you are a carer, or know someone who is, and would like more information about HospiceCare’s Dementia Carer support or to make an appointment with our Dementia Support Worker, please call our nursing team directly anytime Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm for a chat.
Until next time, be kind to yourself and others.