'I am a carer - what support is there for me?’
There are some 6.4 million unpaid carers in the UK currently who provide invaluable support to family members or friends who have a disability, are elderly or are managing a long-term illness. This is an essential role, but carers also need support to maintain their own health and wellbeing.
Carers can include a parent supporting a child with a learning disability, an adult supporting a parent with dementia, a husband caring for his wife who has a physical disability or a school-child who is relied on by their parent who has a mental health condition.
Caring for someone can have a big impact on someone’s physical and mental wellbeing. It can also lead to physical problems, loss of identity, anxiety and depression. It can also impact on the relationship a carer has with the person they care for.
Your social prescriber will explore with you the impact caring for a family member or loved one has had on you. They will explore with you what support you feel you need to continue in your role as carer and should you wish will work with you to access carer support in your local community linking you in with local organisations who can provide support such as:
- Respite Care
- One to one support
- Group activities
- Wellbeing activities
No one should be left alone, and it is vital that all unpaid carers feel supported in their caring role, or feel supported to stop caring, if that's what they choose.
If you would like more information on carers support, please contact your social prescriber or see information links below: