15 July 2022
The following poem, which candidly explores the difficulties of loving someone with dementia, was written by Patricia Walker and Caroline Seymour.
We are proud to share this, and hope it helps others know they are not alone.
I wake up in the morning feel fed up and scared
I have a bit of toast and feel much more prepared
Standing in the kitchen feeling full of dread
Suddenly the phone goes
I wonder what’s ahead
An invitation to go out
Can feel hopeful insides
But the prospect of an adventure
I must take in my stride
I am incapable of helping my loved one that’s near
But with a little help
I feel stronger
Possibly without fear
If a magic wand was possible
What a lovely world it could be
If they were free from dementia
And knowingly cherished by me.
If you spend time looking after a partner, family member, friend or neighbour who receives our care, it’s important you look after yourself too. We are here for you.
Many people who support people in our care are unpaid carers, although they may not recognise it.
A carer is anyone who provides help, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, mental health or addiction cannot cope without their support.
Being a carer means you have in-depth knowledge about someone in our care – and we are here to support you in your caring role.
We want carers to be recognised and taken seriously, to feel part of our team and less isolated, and help those who take on unpaid caring roles to become stronger and more resilient.
That is why we are here to support and include you at all times – both practically and emotionally. We want you to know you are not alone.