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Emotional Health

 

Tips For Young Carers

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  1. Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one.
  2. Accept offers of help and if there are things people can do to help you, let them know.
  3. Don’t be frightened to ask for advice or help if you need it.
  4. Caring is hard work so make sure you leave some time for you to relax and meet friends.
  5. If you find it difficult to meet with your friends use social networking, facebook, facetime etc.
  6. If you feel tired and low, let someone know so you can get help when you need it.
  7. If you feel you are falling behind with school work or homework, let someone know.
  8. Be proud of what you do, give yourself a pat on the back for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!

Simple ways to manage anxiety

(with thanks to spunout.ie )
Simple ways to manage anxiety

Physical Health

General Day to Day Health

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Help and advice on treating colds, flu,coughs, sore throats etc. undertheweather.ie

 

 

Lifting and Moving a Person

Before you attempt to move a person ask:

  • Is there enough space? Are there obstacles in the way?
  • Do I have the equipment I need?
  • How much can the person do for themselves to help you?
  • Is there anyone else available who could help?
  • Are you feeling strong and well today? If  you have had little sleep or are unwell yourself the risk increases and you should tak extra precautions. If possible reduce the amount of  moving and handling you have to do.
  • How is the person you are moving and handling today? If they are tired, anxious or unwell this may affect their ability to assist you.
  • Can you bring the task to the person rather than take the person to the task? For example place a bowl of water for washing on a table beside the person rather than attempting to walk to a narrow bathroom with little space to get washed.
  • Are you both ready to move? Does the person know where they are moving to and when so your movements are coordinated.?
  • How much help does the person actually need? They may need a prompt to start the movement but once standing they may just need close supervision rather than a lot of physical contact. If the person is highly dependent consider using equipment even if this slows down the process. It is better to do two controlled movements safely than one rushed movement which is unsafe and could potentially have consequences for both of you.
  • Do you both have fitting shoes on or suitable clothing for the task?
  • Do you have a back up plan if  you start the movement but cannot complete it?

Know your limits. If you don’t feel safe or confident you are unlikely to succeed.
All the tips above are about assessing the risk in your own situation. This is before you have even attempted the move. You should do this regularly each time you are about to move or handle someone who needs your help. They will feel safer and you will be less likely to be injured. If in doubt, slow down and think the problem through first. Explain what you are going to do and how you are going to do it so you are both ready.
There may be times when it is impossible for you to move or handle the person safely and you will need to get help. Do not put yourself at risk.

Here are some helpful videos showing the correct and safe way to carry out some tasks:

 

Diet

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Vitamin or Mineral What it does Where you can find it
Vitamin A (Retinol) Helps your immune system to fight against infections

Helps you see in dim light Helps keep skin and linings of

parts of our body, (like the inside of your nose) healthy.

Cheese, eggs, oily fish, fortified low-fat spreads, milk and yogurt
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) Works with other B vitamins to help the body break down and release energy in food

Keep your nervous system healthy

Vegetables, like peas; fresh fruit and dried fruit, eggs, whole grain bread, some fortified breakfast cereal, liver (you shouldn’t eat more than one portion of liver a week)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) Keeps our skin, eyes and your nervous system healthy

Helps your body release energy in food

Milk, eggs, fortified breakfast cereal, rice
Niacin Helps keep our skin and nervous system healthy

Helps to release energy in the foods we eat

Meat, fish, wheat four, eggs, milk
Vitamin B6 Helps our bodies to use and store energy

Help form haemoglobin the sub- stance in our blood that carries oxygen round the body

Pork, chicken or turkey, fish, bread, porridge, brown rice, eggs, vegetables, soya beans, peanuts, milk, potatoes and some fortified cereals
Vitamin B12 Keeps our nervous system healthy

Releases food from the food we eat

Meat, salmon, cod, milk, cheese, eggs, some fortified cereals
   
Vitamin C Helps wound healing

Helps protect against damage

Helps maintain healthy skin, bones and blood vessels

Oranges and orange juice, red and green peppers, strawberries, blackcurrants, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, potatoes
Vitamin E Helps maintain healthy skin, eyes and strengthens the immune system Nuts and seeds, soya oil, corn oil, olive oil
Vitamin K Helps wounds to heal properly Helps keep bones healthy Green leafy vegetables, like          broccoli and spinach, vegetable oils, cereal

Small amounts can be found in meat and dairy foods too

Calcium Builds strong bones

Helps muscles to work (including keeping our heart beating!)

Helps wounds to heal

Milk, cheese and other dairy foods, green leafy vegetables (not spinach), soya beans, tofu, fish bones and bread fortified with calcium
Iron Helps your blood to carry oxygen round your body

It is essential for our body to work properly

Meat, beans, nuts, dried fruit (like apricots), brown rice, fortified breakfast cereals, soybean flour, and most dark green leafy vegetables (such as water cress and curly kale)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Support Network

Peer Support

Often the best advice and support comes from people who have experienced similar situations. Talking with other Young Carers is an important support and the reason why so many Young Carer groups are successful.

 

Talk in confidence with other Young Carers in West Cork

 

Family Support

Do your family recognise and appreciate your role? The following link may be useful to read through together.
Info for Parents
Accept offers of help from other family members and if you need help do not be afraid to say what you need.

Friends

Always try to find time for yourself to relax and take a break from caring. Meet friends and do things you enjoy doing. Even if you can’t meet as often as you would like face to face stay in regular contact with social media.

 

Support at School

Sometimes your caring responsibilities may cause you problems completing homework on time or you have missed classes and are finding it difficult to catch up, then we may be able to help by providing a teacher to work with you at a time to suit you via our Young Carers School Support Scheme.

For more Info CLICK HERE

Another support we are looking to set up in schools would be a confidential phone where you can phone home to check on things on days you feel anxious.

If you have other ideas that would help you at school please let me know at youngcarers@westcorkcarers.com

Health Workers

You can contact the Nursing Department direct on 028 40400 and speak to a secretary who will put you in touch with the appropriate health centre.

The Public Health Nursing service also accepts referrals from family members, concerned relatives or neighbours, G.P., hospital discharge, social workers and other health care workers.