Your Caring Role

Caring for someone can be daunting, especially if you are new to it. We have spoken to many carers over the years and these are the things they wish they had known early on.

Scroll down to find some really useful advice and resources. Or click the button below to be taken straight through to our Guide Library.

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Leaving Hospital

If the person you are caring for is coming out of hospital there are some important considerations, especially if this will mean you will be taking on caring for the first time.

Key Local Services

There are a lot of schemes and local support organisations to help you and your family as you care for your loved one. We’ve picked out a few here that have have been useful to carers in the past. 

Emergency Planning

When you care for someone, life cannot simply be put on hold when the person you are looking after relies on you for vital help and support.   

We advise all carers to create an emergency plan – for you and all those you look after. Having a plan in place can help ease your worries if you are not able to care for those you look after at any point in the future.   

Time for a Care Home?

Taking the decision that it’s time for someone else to care for your loved one can be difficult and you want to be sure that the home you choose is the right one for them.  

Tell Your GP

By telling your GP that you have taken on a caring role. Your GP will be able to advise you on relevant support for you and the person you care for.

When the caring ends

When the person you care for dies, it can be really tough to know how to move forward – not only have you lost the person you loved but you have lost your way of life. 

Your changing relationships

Caring can be extremely fulfilling, but it can also be demanding and take its toll on your relationships. Changes can occur suddenly or gradually over time…

Blue Badge

A Blue Badge is a badge issued by the Blue Badge scheme, which can enable you to access free, discounted and accessible parking. It is for people who have a disability or condition that compromises their ability to use public transport or to who need to park close to where they need to go. 

Dealing with Incontinence

As a Carer you may need to clean up when your loved one has been incontinent. This could involve cleaning the person, sofas, floors and beds. Here is some advice and tips for dealing with incontinence.

Caring and Menopause

Most women will experience menopausal symptoms. Some women will experience few, or no, symptoms. But for some, they can be quite severe and have a significant impact on everyday life. Whether it is you experiencing symptoms or the person you care for, more knowledge and advice will be helpful.

Dealing with Abuse as a Carer

It is an unfortunate fact that sometimes being a carer can involve a form of abuse. If this is happening to you it is important that you get the support you need to cope. Please don’t ignore the abuse, click the button below for more advice and links to help.