When your caring role comes to an end as a result of bereavement you may feel you need more support for your wellbeing than ever.
Former carers can struggle to find their way following the death of someone they have been caring for. To help, we have a Transition Grant which is available for up to one year after your bereavement. In the same way as the Carers Grant, you can apply for funding to enhance your wellbeing. This may be a break away from home, a spa day, counselling to help you process what has happened or anything else that you feel would benefit your wellbeing at this difficult time.
The application form is different but will still need to be endorsed by a professional. You can download a copy here for completion. The completed application will go through the same monthly grants panel.
Most of our services are open to former carers including group support; many of our other activities are open to former carers and we have a specific former carers group that meets once a month at a variety of garden centres.
How can we help
One to One Support
When you register with us, we will ask if we can phone you to talk about your caring role. If it’s clear that you finding your caring role a challenge, we will assign you a member of our friendly team to be in regular contact to support you in your caring role.
If the person you are caring for uses the Bedford or L&D hospital then you can visit our carers lounge
Workshops, events and groups
Our groups and workshops offer you the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, learn more about the condition you are caring for and of course, catch your breath. We also have some talks which you can watch at any time. Visit our ‘What’s On’ page for more information.
There’s a whole raft of practical issues to consider as a carer – from arranging care and adaptations, to transport matters and planning for an emergency.
Read more on our practical support pages.
Have your say
We want to hear from you about your experience and your views as a carer. Visit our Carers Voice page to talk to us.