Blog posts in Carer for relatives

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Carer Mental Health

28th February 2015

Posted by SophieYAC

Being a carer is very difficult, I'm sure most carers will agree, if not all. Caring can have a physical, emotional and social impact, as well as an impact on your mental health. This is something I want to focus on, on this blog post. Mental health affects 1 in 4 of us. I am not ashamed (anymore) to say that I am one of those people. I was diagnosed with anxiety and OCD in January 2014, just 9 months before I was due to go to university. To be honest, I wasn't shocked, I'd struggled with anxiety in the past, due to being a carer.
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Caring for my grandparents with dementia.

31st January 2015

Posted by SophieYAC

This blog post has come from my own blog site - but I thought I'd share it as my first post. I care for and have cared for other family members, who have various physical and mental health issues and substance misuse. 
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Carers Groups

03rd January 2015

Posted by Pedagog

I posted this on the Forum the other day, but its something that has troubled me for some time, Okay serious question as someone who has been a carer for almost 15 years (first as a parent carer and now now caring for my mother as well), I have never gone to a carers group, a few times I have enquired about groups I have been told that they were for carers only and that children were not welcome. 

Back with a Bump

03rd January 2015

Posted by Pedagog

Well that was Christmas and New Year, I think the worst ever for me, but hey its over and now back to earth with a bump. Yep I opened the diary and saw the list of appointemnts and visits for this week. Actually thinking about it its a quiet week at the moment, only 4 appointments 1 for Mum, 1 for Son and 2 for Me, however the community team (Physio, OT etc) for Mum don't book they phone just before coming out, so I suspect there will be more.
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First Post - An Introduction

03rd January 2015

Posted by Pedagog

So my first blog post. I am a carer, have been for 14 years. I am a daughter, have been for 40 years. I am a mother, have been for 22 years I have cared for my son since he was born prematurly and with various health issues, then a few months ago my mother had yet another stroke and so she came to live with us in October (over 200 miles from her former home).
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Acting as a Court of Protection Deputy

23rd July 2012

Posted by OneTruePearl

To anybody thinking about doing the right thing and serving as a Deputy for a relative: Don't.  It's enough to drive you insane.
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a few weeks later .........

28th June 2012

Posted by jakerleen

Well it's been a few weeks since I last posted but things are very different than they were.
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Repetitive idiot syndrome

08th June 2012

Posted by krisistevens

I'm creating a new syndrome for a significant percentage of the population of this country, Repetitive Idiot Syndrome. Symptoms: Inability to us common sense.  A need to create as much confusion a possible. Inability to communicate. Inability to comprehend obvious information.   I have explained to a so called friend constantly for the past 10 years not to try to force Marc to give eye contact, not to get in his space, to avoid interupting his train of thought and if she sees him getting angry to get out of his way pdq.
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Caring can damage your health

30th May 2012

Posted by OneTruePearl

People tell you that being a carer damages your health but when you have the constitution of an ox, like me, you don't believe them.  They tell you to be careful with lifting or you'll hurt your back but if you learn to lift properly you know you'll be all right.  Yet there are two things about caring that I know are damaging my health.
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What support?

18th April 2012

Posted by krisistevens

I thought things were getting sorted out earlier this year, but it looks as if the support system has once more failed me. My aunt was admitted to a mental health unit at the start of the year following 5 years of hallucinations and delusional paranoia. I finally managed to get the psychiatric nurses convinced that she was having problems when she started calling the police several times a day to report men on her roof. I live close by, but will not have her living with me as I can barely cope with the 2 boys.
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