A carer is a person who looks after a relative, friend or neighbour who is finding life difficult to manage without help. This may be because of illness, disability or old age. The time spent caring ranges from a few hours per week to 24-hour attention.
What problems does this bring the carer?
- Lack of time for living their own lives
- Competing demands of other responsibilities
Some or all of the following may be useful to contact:
- Your GP (for help with those who are being cared for)
- Durham County Carers Support (Tel: 0300 005 1213; Text: 07624 818 403)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- A Social Worker for possible help with things like home help, meals on wheels and respite care
- A Welfare Rights Officer for advice about possible financial help
How can a carer help himself or herself?
In general, increasing the opportunities for self care. This may take the following forms:
- Sharing the caring, which makes time for the carer’s personal enjoyment.
- Writing a “menu” of enjoyable activities which the carer can choose from when the opportunity arises.
- Suitable physical activity.
- Learning to relax and rest.
- Developing a support network based on friends and family as well as using any of the contacts below.
Useful sources of information:
Carers National Association
20/25 Glasshouse Yard
Carer’s line tel: 0345 573369 (10.00 - 5.00 p.m. weekdays) FAX: 020 7490 8824