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Tips for supporting carers

A little support makes a big difference


Keep in touch

Keep in touch

Carers of people living with dementia can often end up isolated, keep in touch through phone calls, emails, visits, letters or cards.






Take a break

Encourage them to take a break 

It can be difficult to find the time to take a break when you are caring for a loved one, help them by offering to spend time with the person they care for. 





Help out

Share some of the responsibilities

Take pressure off the primary carer and offer to help with some of the care tasks or responsibilities





Invite them out

Invite them out to an outing or event together 

Help carers by organising activities you can do together to relax. This might be small – like bringing over a magazine they like to read or making them a cup of tea. 




Seek support

Encourage them to seek support if they need it. 

You can help a carer find support that works for them by becoming more educated on dementia and the services available. 





Physical health

Help them to look after their physical health 

It might be difficult for carers to prioritise their own health as well as the health of the person they care for. Cook them a healthy meal or snack or encourage them to exercise with you. 




Mental health

Support them to maintain good mental health 

Support them to maintain good mental health If you notice changes in mood such as sadness and grief, encourage them to seek mental health services, talk to a professional or call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.




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