Module 8 Managing Healthy Home Routines and Having Fun in the Community

Finding Support

Support to do what you need to do to feel good and enjoy home and community

Sometimes families chose to include others in their family routines so that valuable activities can occur and so that the workload is shared. Supports such as paid carers or helpers, or family, friends and neighbours can provide help to enable you and your family to manage. See fact sheets 1, 2 and 4 in this module for more information.

As an occupational therapist, I have had many conversations with parents about their home routines, what happens from the time the first person arises in the family home in the morning through to night-time when most family members go to bed.

Sometimes mothers think that it is a weakness to need more support or professional help. However, it is a strength to acknowledge how you feel and reach out to find support for yourself. We were never meant to travel our life journey alone.

As Corrine explained

12 months ago I was pushing everyone away. I just thought, they don’t understand… But it’s up to me to change that. It’s not up to them, because only I can inform them.

Seeking help and support from those around you can bring stronger connections and help you achieve a better balance in life. Managing and staying strong means finding and using all of the supports that you have available to you.

Entry last updated 24 February, 2020