This month’s Top Tip for Carers with Trustee Trevor Adams PhD

Get help: if you need anyhelp or support, contact localspecialist services such as your GP or Community Nurse. It is easy to find yourself gradually taking on increased and more difficult duties. They will be happy to hear from you and will not think you are being a nuisance. Names below have been changed for privacy reasons.

Gina Tinch is looking after her husband John at home. John can get confused and recently has been getting up in the night, saying he wants togo to the shops. Sometimes John gets angry that his wife is stopping him going out in the middle ofthe night. Gina feels afraid her husband might hit out at her. A friend suggested she contact Mary, the Community Psychiatric Nurse who had visited her some months back.

Mary visited again and listened to Gina talk. Mary visited again and listened to Gina talk about her worries and concerns around looking after John. Getting this off her chest made Gina feel much happier. The Nurse advised Gina to take John out more during the day so that he would sleep better. It worked! John was able to sleep all night and Gina felt confident she would be able to cope, and keep John at home, as she had always wanted.

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