Don’t forget to look after yourself
All too often carers can let their own needs take a back seat while they are preoccupied with the health and wellbeing of the person they care for.
But your health and wellbeing are equally as important as the person you look after – if you aren’t well yourself then how will you support them?
Make sure you know how to care safely, there are risks associated with caring e.g don’t risk injuring your back through lifting incorrectly, eat as well as you can, get as much rest as you can and find out what works for you in easing stress.
Find out about our free wellbeing and practical courses for carers.
To help with looking after yourself, it’s advisable to get a carer’s assessment. This gives you the chance to understand about the impact of being a carer on your life, ways of managing your caring role and help to find support services (including breaks). It’s not an assessment of how well you look after the person you care for, it’s all about helping you and is something you’re legally entitled to.
”The assessment is about the carers needs and focussed on how I was going to cope with caring. It was so much more supportive, focusing on ‘what can we do to help you’ rather than ‘why can’t you manage?”
James – Carer