As your caring role continues, Carers develop the knowledge, skills, expertise and confidence as a Carer.
However, this phase can also be marked by feelings of anger, guilt, resentment and loneliness. This is why it is crucial to continue to access as much support as possible from local services, friends and family. Continue to liaise with West Cork Carer’s Support Group about any aspects of your caring role and we will provide as much support as possible.
Engaging in West Cork Carers Supports Groups activities such as the drop in service, support groups, training and outings with other Carers, can give you a great sense of camaraderie. Sharing information with other Carers can be a great source of information and support. Other Carers truly understand the complex feelings associated with caring for a loved one.
As Carers responsibilities become more demanding, it’s important to take care of yourself. Take breaks, even if it is only for a few moments. Make sure not to isolate yourself. Learn what respite services are available in your community, and take friends and family up on offers to help.
Understanding your limitations and seeking to strengthen supports where needed will also be necessary for your short and long term well-being.