Looking After Yourself
Your own wellbeing is very important. Having caring responsibilities alongside everything else you might have going on can be difficult.
Research shows that carers in a heavy caring role are more likely to suffer from health problems themselves, both mentally and physically. If you need extra support or guidance on what you can do to look after yourself, please contact us directly.
Registering as a carer with the GP
Contact your GP and inform them that that you are a carer. The benefits of doing this include:
- Option of a priority appointment, if available.
- Prioritised jabs, such as Flu and Covid booster.
- GPs can be an important source of information and advice on services provided by the NHS such as continence services and patient transport to hospital appointments.
Emotional wellbeing is as important as physical wellbeing. There are various types of talking therapies that you could consider.
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – help with trying to overcome unhealthy thinking patterns and behaviour.
- Counselling – talking to a registered counsellor about any issues and concerns in a safe, confidential space.
If these are not appropriate, your GP could consider a referral to CAMHS or Bucks Mind for support.
Targeted support groups and one-to-ones
We offer targeted support groups throughout the year, designed to support a young adult carers’ personal wellbeing. This session will give you the tools needed to manage your wellbeing, as well as providing an opportunity to speak to others who have some understanding of what you are going through. Peer support is vital to improving a carers wellbeing and our groups can help facilitate this.
Our support workers are available to focus on providing one-to-one support around the caring role. Our support workers will identify what support is required. A support plan is then created to aid a young adult carer in managing their wellbeing. We aim to deliver six sessions, but this is tailored to each individual.
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Breaks for carers
Breaks or time off from your caring role are important. We all need some time to ourselves, and carers are no exception. Taking a break can recharge the batteries and give you the energy to carry on in your caring role. Without an occasional break, you are more likely to become exhausted or unwell.
Carers Bucks is a Community Partner with Carefree, a charity “transforming vacant accommodation into breaks for unpaid carers”. We are able to refer carers aged 18 and above for a short break. See Carefree short breaks for carers.