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Part-time caring

It can be hard for carers who have to work outside the home, when they know that they have left the patient that they are caring for alone for hours at a time.

It’s a good idea for carers to inform their employers about their situation at an early stage, rather than waiting until there is a problem. Employers are usually very understanding, and may be able to organise flexible working hours and working from home.

People who live a considerable distance away from the patient face a difficult dilemma. They can feel that they are letting their loved one down, and putting pressure on those who live closer by not being able to visit as much as they would like.

However, patients understand that their friends and relatives may not always be able to give as much support as they would if circumstances were different. Something as simple as a card, email, or phone call can make a huge difference and lift the patient’s spirits.

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