Carers & forma-care®
Caring for the carer
Many older people receive support in their own homes with ongoing help from family members acting as carers.
At forma-care we are very aware of the role and importance of carers and the information below is designed primarily for independent carers, to help an increase understanding of the role incontinence, and to ensure you can provide for yourself and those for whom you are caring.
Many people as they become older may need other peoples help to lead a more normal life, there are many causes of dependency including:
- Mental deterioration
- Physical condition
- Sensory difficulties
Those receiving support in their own homes are frequently reliant on family members or friends, in order to sustain this support, it is most important that these carers also consider their own needs and do not compromise a sensible life for themselves. Caring is never a role to be undertaken without being aware of your own circumstances and possible impact on your own lifestyle.
Care for yourself
In caring for a dependant person, it is essential to be aware of the signs that coping is becoming more difficult and being prepared to make changes to relive pressure that maybe felt. As a general guide a carer, (or someone close to them) should always be mindful of any or some the following conditions which can arise from extended period of caring for someone:
- Tiredness & sleeplessness
- Loss of concentration
- Decreased or increased appetite
- Irritability and mood swings
If these mental or physical symptoms arise always seek help for yourself, do not take all the responsibility alone even if asking for help is not easy. Getting help is not a sign of weakness:
- Ask openly
- Consider what type of help you need
- Let others help
- Ask for external help as soon as necessary, don’t delay
There is a range of external assistance and guidance available both from social services and several independent agencies. The forma-care product help line (through Bladder & Bowel UK) can provide initial personal guidance on how to contact the various services available to support you.