Caring over the festive period
Christmas can be a stressful time, especially as a carer. Have a look at our top 5 things to remember during the festive period…..
1. Do it together Rally around family or friends and ensure that any aspects that may be worrying you are discussed and approaches agreed. Ensuring everyone knows the plan can help the festivities run smoother!
2. Plan for a break The Christmas period can be hectic, so make sure you plan regular breaks for yourself (even if its extra long baths or having a tea). 3. Check for Christmas opening times Some local and national services may be operating on a limited service, so best to check the services that you or your loved rely on to ensure they are available when you need them. It may also be a good idea to check you’ve got all the medication you need to see you through to the New Year as GPs or Pharmacies may be operating a limited service. 4. Dementia friendly Christmas The festive period can cause changes to routine and therefore cause additional stress or frustration to those with Dementia. Alzheimer’s Society have produced a short video and top tips on how small changes can make Christmas dementia friendly as possible, check it out! https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/christmas 5. Additional support And as ever, if you need additional support, information or advice do not hesitate to ask. Here are a list of organisations and numbers that you may find useful: NHS Carers Direct - offers support and help for carers (Helpline and webchat open: Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm and weekends, 11am to 4pm) 0300 123 1053 Carers UK – for carers (Helpline open: Monday and Tuesday, 10am to 4pm) 0800 808 7777 Careline - Crisis Telephone Helpline (open Monday - Friday 10am-4pm and 7pm-10pm) 020 8514 1177 Supportline - helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue. The helpline is primarily a preventative service and aims to support people before they reach the point of crisis. 020 8554 9004 (please note helplines listed are not affiliated with Curo) Season's greetings from the Curo Team!