Becoming a carer for someone with an illness such as stroke, is a huge undertaking physically, mentally and emotionally. It is important that you take care of your own mental and physical health so that you can have a reasonable quality of life, can provide the care your loved one needs and can cope with the demands of life as a carer.
Who can help me with advice on how to look after myself?
Support groups, professional counselling and training to support you in your caring, are all important for you as a carer. Think about staying healthy and looking after yourself. Finding ways to relax, reduce your stress and minding your diet and sleep will stand to you as a carer.
The Irish Heart Foundation, we recognize that you probably didn’t choose this role, and received little or no training and support as a carer. Through this online resource and, the new services we are offering to carers, we hope we can help you to take care of yourself and give you some help and support in caring for your loved one, affected by stroke.
Until June 2020, the Irish Heart Foundation is running a special programme of training and support for carers. We are able to offer this programme because of a grant we received from the Dormant Accounts Fund. It is available to a limited number of carers and for a limited time, so book early, for more information contact, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01 6685001.
Patient moving training
To help you safely look after your loved one without injury to them or to yourself, you can take part in our free patient moving training*. You will learn how to safely lift or help your loved one to move from sitting to standing positions etc. This is essential training to protect your back and other muscles and to ease the strain on your loved one as they move from bed to chair to standing.
CPR training courses
Did you know that most cardiac arrests (70%) happen in the home? Knowing how to perform CPR can give you the peace of mind that if your loved one, or indeed anyone in your family, collapsed with a cardiac arrest, you would be able to help them. CPR is very quick and easy to learn. Our training courses are fully certified and available free of charge to carers until June 2020*.
Formal and informal support
Carers who we have spoken to all talk about the strain they feel on their mental and emotional health. Sometimes just having someone to talk to, someone in a similar situation can be enough to help. Often, professional counselling can help a carer to understand what they are feeling and can provide advice and practice tools for coping with life as a carer.
The Irish Heart Foundation is pleased to offer carers free professional counselling* until June 2020 for a limited number of carers nationwide, with a counsellor in your area. If you would like to find out more about this service, please email email@example.com or contact the Irish Heart Foundation on 01 6685001.
We also have a private Facebook group for carers who simply want to contact each other, share their experiences and support each other.
You can download our booklet for carers here. In has more information about the training and supports mentioned above. It also aims to tell you where you can find more information and advice to help and support you as you care for someone close who has had a stroke; how to approach practical and financial matters and tips for supporting you and the person you care for.
You can order a printed copy of this booklet here.