Doing things for yourself is very important, but try not to feel guilty if you have to ask other people to help. Often friends and relatives want to help and are pleased to be asked. Many people are available to help you and your family. Different people can offer support in the community.
Your healthcare team and people who are close to you are likely to be some of the most important sources of support. Your healthcare team can help you to cope with any feelings or physical effects. They will also know what support services are available in your local area. District nurses work closely with GPs and can make regular visits to patients and their families at home.
Some areas have a ‘good neighbour scheme’. The schemes can organise help from someone living locally every so often; for example, shopping, providing company, or offering transport. These schemes are usually run by the social services or local community organisations. Some are only available to people living alone. Look for ‘Council for Voluntary Service’ or ‘Volunteer Bureau’ in the phone book or online.