‘I became a carer when I was 8 years old. I don’t see it as a label, I see it as an aspect of my life, my personality. Caring for my mum has enriched my life a lot.’
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‘Look after yourself, because if you don’t look after yourself, you can’t be a carer.’
‘It can be really hard, but focus on the positives – helping someone is a beautiful thing that we can do. Remember that a lot of people do this.’
‘At times it can be tough. But you can get help. Sometimes you have to look for it… but help is only a phone call away.’
‘I do it because I love Edie, that’s my commitment to her.’
'Self preservation is essential. You have to step back sometimes, even if it’s just for a small amount of time.'
‘I have found caring can be done long-term, it can be done well. But it is done best when it’s shared.’
‘I’m an occupational therapist because of my experience as a carer.’
As a carer, you help the person you care for with many activities in and around the home. Understanding what you need to do and what help you can get can make your life easier.
As a carer, you’ll often put the needs of the person you care for before your own needs. It’s OK to look after yourself too.