Caring for a person with dementia can be rewarding, but it is also very challenging. You may not have the time to do all the things you need to do, and you may experience a range of difficult emotions. The needs of the person you care for will often come before your own, and this can mean that you don’t look after yourself properly.
You might feel that it is not always possible to make time for yourself, but it is important for both you and the person with dementia. Looking after yourself – and learning to deal with challenges – means you will be in a better position to continue to care for the person with dementia. Keeping yourself healthy – physically, mentally and emotionally – can also help you to have a better relationship with them.
This page is for carers. It explains some of the challenges that you may face when caring for a person with dementia and how best to cope with them. It offers tips and advice on how to look after yourself, and tells you what help and support is available.