Statistics show that there are around 7 million unpaid carers in the UK. That is 1 in 10 of us!
Caring for a loved one can be a huge mix of emotions from pride to despair, love and worry.
Our Care Hub in Goring offers a “Hub Navigator” service that aims to link carers with the organisations and people who can help – pop in to find out more.
Here are some tips to help on your journey
1. Get a carer’s assessment
If you provide unpaid care for a friend or family member, you have a right to a free carer’s assessment. Click here to download Carers UK’s guide.
2. Apply for Carer’s Allowance
If you’re caring for a family member or a friend for 35 hours or more a week, you may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance and other extra money. Read more here.
3. Talk to your GP
Ask your GP to make a note on your records. They can give you advice and information about the medical condition of the person you look after. They may also put you in touch with support services provided by the NHS and other local sources of support and advice.
4. Look after yourself as well
Being a carer can be emotionally and physically demanding. It’s important that you take good care of yourself.
6. Look into respite care
Make sure you get a regular break from caring, even if it’s only 10 minutes, and find out about respite care.
7. Ask for help
Charities and carers’ networks can be an invaluable source of practical and emotional support.