Family, friends and carers

Supporting those you care about makes a world of difference. When someone you care about is diagnosed with diabetes it can raise many questions about, how you can best support them.

We can answer your questions about diabetes and give you tips on ways to support your relative or friend with diabetes.

Remember, to take care of yourself when caring for someone else – you can’t pour from an empty cup!  Check out our tips on looking after yourself and what support services are available to you. You’re not alone.

Information for carers

Some of the best ways to support a friend or relative with diabetes include:

  1. Understand as much as you can about their diabetes.
  2. Provide physical and emotional support, if needed.
  3. Take care of you, so you can continue supporting them.

 

Diabetes information and support

Diabetes Tasmania provides trusted information, advice and support for people living with diabetes, family, friends and carers through:

Call us on 6215 9000 to find out more about any of these services. We are here to help you.

 

Supporting someone with diabetes

While it is good to encourage them to self-manage their diabetes, you may need to provide both practical and emotional support. Someone with diabetes may need help with:

When caring for someone with diabetes, their management care plan from their GP can give you some useful guidance and structure around how best to support them. It may also be useful to talk with their diabetes healthcare team.

If your friend or relative is willing to talk about their diabetes, you might provide emotional support by listening to their frustrations and concerns. Understanding how they feel about their diabetes may reduce some of your concerns too.

Read Caring for someone with diabetes (for family and friends)

Taking care of yourself

Your health and wellbeing

Looking after your own health can give you the energy and vitality you need for your role as a support person.  Make sure you:

Your emotional health

As a carer, it is important to look after your own emotional needs. Maintain your own emotional strength so you can continue your caring role.

Friends and family can offer great emotional support, but when times get tough, you may find it helpful to speak with a healthcare professional. Start by speaking about your feelings with your GP. They may then refer you to a specialist counselling service, such as a psychologist, social worker or counsellor, if needed.

Accepting help

Remember that you are an important part of the care team and your wellbeing is vital to being able to provide support. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you feel you need it. Know your limits and have a plan in place to hand over to others when needed.

Support Services for Carers

Diabetes Tasmania offers a free Helpline, through which people with diabetes and their carers can access diabetes information, education programs, peer support groups, and other events. Call us on 6215 9000 or 1800 637 700.

Carers Tasmania can provide you with counselling and practical resources to support you in your caring role.

Taking regular breaks from caring will help you avoid burning out.

You may also wish to explore your local community for support programs.

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