Was I the ‘Carer’?
On reflection, I didn’t really think of myself as a ‘Carer’, but as a daughter who was just supporting her dad after a heart attack, which had left him very frail and in need of my care and support. I guess it was only when my GP mentioned the word ‘Carer’ to me, that I realised this was the role that I had taken on quite naturally, I had become my dad’s first point of care.
I had no idea of how stressful, worrying and tiring caring for someone would be, especially taking on the responsibility of administering the medication, encouraging the intake of food (when no appetite was present) and supporting the introduction of exercise (as part of the on-going work of the cardiac programme)
I have gained so much respect for the ‘Carers’ of this world – Young and Old – Professional or Non-Professional, all who take on this role every day. . .
I have found myself wondering just how much support they are getting from the community they live in and, most importantly, are they aware of ‘Carer Support’ and how to access it?
The following link provides some very useful information for carers.
I hope this information will help others who may find themselves in a similar situation, and I do encourage people to look into the help and support that is available to help the elderly live independently within their own home.