Every year more than two million people in the UK become Carers. Becoming a Carer can be bewildering, confusing and frightening. No one is super human and all Carers need some support and back-up.
Recognising yourself as a Carer is the first step to getting the support you need. Many of us do not see ourselves as Carers: we are mums and dads, husbands, wives, partners, brothers, sisters, friends and neighbours. We are simply doing what anyone would, caring unpaid for a loved one or friend, helping them through when they are unable to do things for themselves. The fact is that you are also a Carer and there are things that you need to know. No one likes to be labelled, but recognising yourself as a Carer can be the gateway to getting a range of help and support.
Here are some of the issues you need to think about:
- contacting your local Carers’ Centre – Carers Bucks
- getting a Carer’s assessment
- applying for benefits
- juggling caring with paid employment
- how best to support the person you care for
- supporting someone coming out of hospital