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Reactions of carers

When you are a carer, you will find yourself in a variety of different situations. One of the main skills of a carer is knowing how to cope in different situations. Every carer is different and each situation requires different methods of reaction. At the same time, the elders that are being looked after need to dealt with in a variety of different ways.

A carer needs to know how to react quickly in emergency situations and think on their feet. For example, if the person you are caring for has fallen, as a carer you need to know how to cope with that specific situation. You must know how to position yourself and know how to lift them up.

Moreover, if you are a carer who is looking after a person suffering from dementia, you must know how to cope with their mood swings and their changing behaviour. As a carer, you need to know how to speak to them so as not to have their mood get worse.

Looking after someone who is suffering from a disease such as dementia or Alzheimer’s can be a very challenging task for a carer. You need to know how to cope with all the challenges it brings and be able to hold your ground. It’s essential that as a carer, you do not forget to look after your own well-being too. Try to take a break when you need it, do not burn yourself in your carer role. This may entail asking the person you are looking for to find ways of coping without you, if they are in a position where they can actually get one without your help for a couple of days. Otherwise, you may want to arrange for a friend or a family member to take on the role of carer for a short period of time.

The length of your carer break may depend on the way you are feeling. Maybe you only need a few hours to cope with your situation or maybe you are in need of a few days to recharge. Whatever the time frame you must look after your personal health as well. There is always a way to find time for yourself. Your sanity and health is certainly more important than your carer job. You need to cope with your life above all.

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