It is hard to say exactly how caring for someone with aphasia will affect you. Everyone is different, but many things change when someone becomes aphasic. It is a sudden, unexpected event and you may not feel qualified or confident to take on the role of “carer”.
This is quite a natural feeling. You will need lots of support especially from family, friends and support services.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
You will manage your new role much more effectively if you allow people to help you.
Many carers find that living with someone who has aphasia is a very isolating experience. This can be because someone with aphasia is unable to participate in conversation as they have done before.
Family and friends sometimes find it difficult to visit the person with aphasia and their carer. This may be because they feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. They may not know how to communicate with the person with aphasia and therefore avoid doing so.
At times you are likely to feel tired and frustrated.
You will need to find time for yourself, to maintain your own health and wellbeing.
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