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Caring For Yourself As A Carer

Caring For Yourself As A Carer

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When providing care for somebody else, it’s very easy to neglect your own care. Here are several tips for looking after yourself when taking on the care of someone else.

Know what you’re financially entitled to

Caring for someone else can be financially difficult – especially if you have to give up work to provide the care that they need.

You should do some research into government benefits to ensure that you and the person you’re caring for are both getting the financial support that you need. It’s possible that you may be entitled to a carer’s allowance, which could help you to fund yourself. There may also be disability-related home improvements such as stairlifts and grab bars that you can get grants for so that you don’t have to dig into your own pockets.

Alternatively, you may be able to get help from local charities if you are struggling financially. There are charities out there that are aimed specifically at assisting carers with the financial support they need.

Share the care with someone else

Getting a helping hand could give you the break you need so that you don’t feel you’re constantly on call. This could be time to relax at home or time to go out and meet friends or partake in social activities.

Home hospice care could be an option to look into. Even if it’s only a few hours a week, it will give you the break you need. A lot of carers may hire help in the mornings and evenings when it comes to washing and dressing loved ones. You could also consider a couple days of respite care if you need a couple days’ break.

Don’t forget to also consider help from friends and family. Even if they don’t feel comfortable helping with the physical care, they may be able to help with other jobs around the home which could help to lift the burden.

Don’t neglect your own health

A lot of carers can also ignore health problems of their own, which can cause these problems to become serious. If you get ill, it could not only affect you, but your ability to care for loved one. For this reason, looking after your health should be a priority.

Make sure you’re seeing the doctor when you have a health concern and watch out for signs of health problems. Chronic stress can often trigger health problems ranging from muscle cramps to heart disease – which is why sharing out the care is so important so that you can relax. Make sure that you’re also getting enough sleep and eating healthily. Above all, try to laugh and have fun. 

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How To Get Settled In A New Neighborhood

Moving to a new neighborhood is a brilliant way for you and your family to get a new start. You can find better job opportunities and schooling, or just get a change of pace. Whatever your reasons for moving, it can be a difficult transition to make. In your old neighborhood you had all of those friends and contacts but now you have to start again from scratch. If you don’t take the opportunity to get settled when you first move in, you’ll spend the rest of your time there feeling like an outsider. These are the best ways to settle into a new neighborhood after you’ve moved.

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Make The Right Contacts

One of the first things you need to do is make all of the necessary contacts that you might need in the area. If you’ve got any problems with the house during the first few months, you’ll need to know a good plumber, carpenter, and electrician. Make a few enquiries and check online reviews to find the best ones in the area. If you don’t do some research beforehand and you need repairs doing, you might end up rushing into a decision and getting a bad workman in to fix up your home. It’s also important to find out which is the best local doctors surgery and get yourself signed up straight away.

Introduce Yourself To The Neighbors

Getting to know your neighbors is the only way to fit in after you’ve moved. Taking some time to go and introduce yourself to the neighbors means that you’ll be a familiar face in the area. In those first few months, you’ll probably need a few favors from your neighbors and they’ll be far more likely to say yes if you’ve already met. They’re also a great source of advice. Having a housewarming party is the perfect way to meet all of your neighbors at once and get to know them a bit better.

Get Involved In The Community

Being an active part of your local community will make you feel more at home so have a look at what community events you can get involved in. Getting involved in your child’s school is a great way to do it, or you could consider volunteering for some local charities. Sports teams or clubs are another simple way to meet people with similar interests. It doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you are getting out there and meeting people in the local area.

Be A Tourist

When you’re trying to explore your new hometown, you have to think like a tourist. Do some online searches for the best attractions in the area and go to visit them. Walking is also far better than driving. When you’re driving from place to place, you won’t see much along the way. Walking instead means that you’ll really take notice of the sights and you’re far more likely to stumble across some hidden gems.

When you move into a new neighborhood, make sure that you take steps to settle in, otherwise, it’ll never feel like home.

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