Are you looking after or supporting a relative, friend or neighbour?
The following was created jointly by Carers Together, Princesses Royal Trust for Carers, Andover Mind and AHC to give some simple steps for those who look after someone else, and may, or may not consider themselves to be a carer.
1. Identify yourself as a carer
We are all likely to be a carer at some point in our lives by providing more care or support than ‘usual’. This is likely to have an impact on our own health and wellbeing and may limit the amount of free time we have to ourselves. Are you looking after someone who may struggle without your support?
2. Look after your own health and wellbeing
Caring for yourself is as important as caring for others. If you don’t look after yourself and have a regular break then you may not be able to maintain the support you are providing for others. This means looking after your physical and mental health, e.g. making sure you get enough sleep.
3. Connect with others / talk to someone
Keep in touch with friends and family. Talking to others can make a real difference – a problem shared is a problem halved! Tell someone when you’re struggling and don’t be afraid to ask for help?
4. Be informed and know your rights
As a carer you have rights and are entitled to help and support. Get in contact with the organisations who can help you and signpost you to the information, help and support you need.
5. Where to go for further information and support
There is a range of organisations providing information, advice and support to carers:
- Connect to Support Hampshire connecttosupporthampshire.org.uk/news www.needschecker.hants.gov.uk/
- Andover Mind 01264 332297 (select option 3). Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carers Together – 01794 519495. Monday to Friday: 9.30am-3.30pm (answer machine outside these hours). email@example.com
- The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire – 01264 835246. Monday to Thursday: 9am – 5pm / Friday: 9am – 4.30pm firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hampshire Young Carers Alliance website – pointing to each of the locally based young carers projects https://hyca.org.uk/