Advice for carers
Although caring for a loved one can be rewarding, it can sometimes be tough too. You may not even think of yourself as a carer or be aware of the many sources of emotional, practical and financial support that are available to you. We cover the main things you should know to help lighten the load a little.
Are you a carer?
If you look after your partner, or a relative or friend who is ill or disabled, you are a carer, even if you don’t think of yourself that way.
There are many ways that you might care for someone.
For instance you might:
- be on hand 24 hours a day to provide care
- arrange hospital appointments for someone
- drop round each day to keep someone company or cook their dinner
- visit a relative who lives far away once a month to see how they’re doing.
Whether you’ve cared for the person for a long time, are temporarily helping them (for example, while they recuperate from an operation), or have just become a carer, take time to review your options and find out what support is available to you by browsing the information below.