Recognising that you are an unpaid carer is an important step which enables you to think about things you can do to protect your physical and mental health.
If you are still not sure that this applies to you then read Who is a Carer?
If you would like to talk about any of the issues raised in these resources or to order one, then contact Carers in Bedfordshire on 0300 111 1919
Carers UK is a national charity which campaigns for carers rights as well as providing useful information and advice. There are a number of resources that will help you:
Looking After Someone guide looks at the issues you might encounter as a carer.
Upfront is an online tool that helps you to identify your statutory rights as a carer and any benefits and entitlements you might be able to access.
About Me is an e-learning resource which guides carers to find ways to support their own health and wellbeing. The course is currently provided by Bedford Borough Council and can be accessed here
The Jointly App aims to help family and friends who are sharing care easier by making communication and coordination simpler. It allows appointments to be allocated, conversations to be summarised and medications & information to be stored in one easy-to-access place.
An online Carers Forum is available so you can access peer support 24/7.
The NHS is committed to identifying and recognising the support carers give.
It is important that you tell any medical professional that you are caring for someone so that your needs and rights can be met.
They have produced the following resources
Social Care and Support Guide provides a comprehensive guide to social care and support. Topics specifically for carers includes: Practical tips if you care for someone, Support and benefits for carers and Caring for your children and young people.
When you are caring for someone it can help if you understand how the NHS works. Learn more with this free online course by the Kings Fund.