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What do I need to talk about with the person I care for?

Good communication is essential between carers and the people they care for. It’s important that you both discuss how you’re both feeling. You need to agree how to work together so that they’ll feel able to ask if they need extra help and to turn it down if they don’t. Sometimes you may have to stand back and watch your partner, child, friend or colleague struggle to achieve a goal that’s important to them. Try to respect their wishes, allowing them to maintain their self-esteem.

Communication will also help you judge how the person you’re caring for is feeling and so you can respond in a sensitive way. They’ll need to feel supported and reassured that you don’t resent the responsibility falling on you.

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