Caring for Carers
It’s very lonely being a Carer for a loved one. Older Carers play a vital role in today’s society supporting their loved ones’ daily needs and long term health conditions. Unfortunately, it is well known that older Carers are very reluctant to ask for help as they are from a generation of “make do and mend”, which is often detrimental to their quality of life and mental health.
Older Carers often provide more intensive support and care for longer hours and are increasingly caring for someone with dementia which is one of the most challenging roles. The older Carer very often has a sense of loss because you lose the person you are caring for, they feel a loss of companionship, are unable to enjoy social activities, and friends move on because the Carer finds it difficult to manage their loved one outside the home environment and so that support disappears and the Carer feels very lonely.
Here at Forget Me Not we play a vital role in giving the Carer time for themselves whilst their loved one is in a safe and happy environment. We now have 2 meetings a week on Monday and Thursday mornings at the Cultural Centre on Sector B at Camposol, where your loved one will participate in a variety of activities from Bingo to Chair Exercise and lunch is provided. If you want to stay with your loved one for several sessions to make sure they are settled in you are very welcome. We have 2 trained nurses at every session as well as volunteers and sometimes entertainment – last month we had the Ukulele Band entertain our clients and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
If you would like to come along to one of our sessions or speak to someone please contact Dee on 603 121 416 or Diane on 711 028 693.