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  

    • Financial  

    • Isolation  

    • Stress  

    • Resentment

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: admin@dcccarers.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.

    • Eating well.

    • 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
Website: www.carersuk.demon.co.uk

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