Relationships if you are a carer
Caring can place a big strain on families. Carers sometimes say that friends and family disappear once caring begins. This can lead to feelings of isolation and resentment.
It's easy to become isolated when caring around the clock, especially when you feel your relationships with family members or friends might be suffering. Unfortunately, this feeling of being out of touch can come at a time when you need the support of others most.
Seeing a parent struggle in later life is always difficult. You instinctively want to help, but it can be hard to know where to start.
It's important to open up conversations around plans for the future. There are lots of ways to keep living independently for longer, such as equipping the home (i.e. technology, handrails) or arranging alternative living arrangements.
Most couples have a lot on their plate. Whether it's paying the bills or juggling work and family, it can be hard to find time for each other. But disability or illness can lead to added strain.
Suddenly there are a million more things to do - organising care, sharing your home with care workers, dealing with an army of medical professionals. It's important to acknowledge that caring for the person you love can put strain on your relationships.
There is another side though. Many couples who have faced long-term illness or disability will tell you how it has brought them closer and deepened their love in ways they never thought possible. But everyone is different, and much might depend on the nature of the illness or disability you are dealing with.
This page is based on content that originated from the Carers UK (adapted).
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