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Looking after yourself, and your loved one

Ask for help when you need it

When caring for a loved one, sometimes it can feel overwhelming, but you don't have to go through it alone. It's ok to ask for help. You can reach out to incontinence support groups, volunteers and even paid help. But start by asking friends and family; you'd be surprised at how much people are willing to offer support. Be honest and specific about what you need help with, so that they can help make a real difference. We've got a few ideas to provide support for young carers on how to share the workload.
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Cleaning and tidying up

A little bit of domestic help goes a long way. Someone simply doing the laundry for you take a load off your shoulders.

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Helping with shopping

Ask for help with picking up medicines, groceries or household supplies. There’s always something on the list.

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Visiting your loved one

Get your friends and family to visit your loved one and have some fun with games, walks and movies.

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Let’s get organised

One way to help keep on top of things is to make a care plan with clearly labelled tasks for each day, so that you know what needs to be done. Then, you can assign tasks to those who have offered to help. Some might enjoy working together, so create a plan that works for everyone. Try using our support plan template to get started.   
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Better connected care

We’re supporting family caregivers in providing care. That's why we created the Family Care app, to make it easy for families to collaborate when caring for a loved one. Because the more connected we are, the better we care. Share care tasks, calendars, incontinence tracking, expert knowledge and support with the TENA SmartCare Family Care App. Try it today.
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Care for carers

Caring is hard work. Now more so than ever. That's why we created Care for Carers, a hub of expertise and knowledge designed for carers, by carers, for incontinence support. A community where experts, professionals and carers can connect and support each other. Share the achievements, the frustrations, and the joys, together. 

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