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What is a Carer?

A carer is someone who helps and supports a family member or friend who needs assistance.

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Gradually Becoming a Carer

Caring for an older family member or friend starts in different ways for different people. While the need for this help can occur suddenly (e.g. after a stroke) often it is gradual.

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Suddenly Becoming a Carer

People start caring for an older family member or friend in different ways. Some start caring gradually, helping their family member more over time. Others find this happens rather suddenly.

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Things to Consider When Taking on a Caring Role

Some people say that taking on a caring role feels more like a duty or obligation than an active choice. Values, beliefs and perceptions about the 'right thing to do' can make decision making ...

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What Caring Might Really Mean for You

Taking on a caring role is just like taking on a new job - there will be rewards as well as challenges. Understanding these can help prepare you for the role you are about to take on.

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Where Should Your Family Member Live?

When your family member or friend begins to need more help with day-to-day things, you may start wondering whether they should continue living at home.

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Should Your Family Member Move in With You

If you are concerned about your older family member living in their own home, you may consider suggesting they move in with you - try to resist rushing in before you have thought through the options.

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Should You Move in with Your Family Member

If you are concerned about your older family member living at home alone, you may be starting to think about other living arrangements for them. If your situation allows it, you may also be ...

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Respite Care

Respite is essentially a break - for you and the person you care for. It can restore energy and help you to keep on caring. Respite comes in many forms.

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How and Why to Get Family to Help with Caring

While there are many joys in caring for a family member or friend, there can also be many frustrations and challenges.

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