Meet other Carers, and share experiences. You’re not alone
Have you started caring for a family member or friend? Then you are not alone – each day in the UK 6,000 people start caring.
It can happen suddenly – a birth, an illness, an accident – or creep up slowly over a period of time.
It can be difficult for Carers to see their caring role as separate from the relationship they have with the person for whom they care, whether that relationship is as a parent, child, sibling, partner, or a friend.
Many Carers don’t see themselves as Carers and it takes them an average of two years to acknowledge their role.
The first step is to recognise yourself as a Carer, even if you don’t like the word and its connotations. Don’t feel like you’ve got to do it all alone – talk to us and get support.
Top Ten Tips From Carers
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help and support.
- Let your GP know you are a Carer.
- Be kind to yourself – it’s ok to have a bad day.
- Prioritise, and put yourself first sometimes.
- Don’t forget to look after yourself.
- Get support from other Carers – take advantage of the peer support groups available
- Make sure you and the person you’re looking after are claiming the benefits you’re entitled to – but make sure you get advice first!
- Take advantage of services to give you a break.
- Get a Carer’s Emergency Card & Plan in place.
- Use our website to find the information and advice you need.