If you are over 18, and either you or the person you care for lives in Bedfordshire, we have a wide range of services, advice and help to support you.
Many people do not see themselves as carers because they are simply doing what they can for a relative or friend who cannot manage without them, because of their disability or illness.
As an adult carer you may be looking after a partner with a chronic condition, an elderly parent who has become frail and can no longer manage alone, a neighbour with a learning disability, an adult son or daughter with a mental health condition or addiction, to give just a few examples. Your loved one may live with you, live in a care home or in another town. You may have recently become a carer, or been caring for years.
Whatever your caring situation, Carers in Bedfordshire is here to support you in a variety of ways.
How can we help
One to One Support
When you register with us, you will be asked some questions about your current wellbeing. If your answers suggest that you may benefit from some additional support, a member of our Early Response team will contact you to talk through your caring role a little further so we can establish whether one of our trained support workers may be able to help you find some additional support. Even if you don’t receive a phone call soon after registration, our Early Response team ensure that all carers receive a phone call within four months of their registration.
If the person you are caring for uses the Bedford or L&D hospital, you can contact our hospital support coordinator.
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.