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Health and safety of carers of persons with dementia

It’s very important for carers of people with dementia to look after their own health and make sure the home environment is safe for them as well.

Carers are sometimes short of sleep and can also lack information or support.

In addition, the person with dementia who they care for could behave in ways that are difficult to manage. Carers may not know they can get help with how to manage these difficult behaviours. They also may not know that respite care is available.

If carers don’t look after themselves, they can become tired, stressed, isolated and unwell. Back injuries are common.

You can find out more by reading the Alzheimer's Australia help sheet about taking care of yourself.

Alzheimer’s Australia offers support, information, education and counselling for carers. For details, visit the Alzheimer's Australia website or call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

Carers Australia can also offer information about services and support. You can find out more by visiting the Carers Australia website or calling their helpline on 1800 242 636.

Last reviewed: November 2016

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