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Spotting a problem

As a carer, you need to be fully aware of the possible side effects of all medication taken by the person you care for. It's also a good idea to know how the illness or disability of the person you care for will change over time. You may want to speak to healthcare professionals, health charities and other carers about what new symptoms to expect and how to cope with new symptoms.

If you spend a lot of time looking after someone, you will know their normal condition. This means you're in a good position to spot any potential problems early on.

It's important to talk to the health professional of the person you care for. Tell them if you have any health concerns before they get worse, whether these are physical or mental health problems.

Early warning signs vary, depending on the person's condition. Find more information about symptoms of the condition you are concerned about in our Health A-Z. If you have an immediate health concern, call 111. If it's an emergency dial 999.

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Page last reviewed: 25/02/2014

Next review due: 25/02/2016

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