Looking after someone can be an immensely rewarding experience. The opportunity to care for a loved one, to give back some of the support they have provided you over the years, is a privilege. However, being a carer can also be challenging, especially if you don’t have the resources or respite you need. Here, we explore some ways carers can get the backing they need.

Accessing carer’s benefits and services is one of the first steps to alleviating your load and stress. Speaking with your local authority or a carer’s organisation is the best way to learn what support programs you are eligible for. These can include benefits to substitute some loss of income, public services to help with daily caring, and regular respite care. Knowing you have help for key tasks can make it more manageable to handle the majority yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. Put yourself in touch with carer’s groups too; sharing stories can reduce the feeling of isolation.

Respite care services – from regular fixed days to emergency assistance when you’re unwell – will give you essential time to rest and recuperate. Such services are available from both public institutions like local authorities and charitable organisations. Respite care packages can incorporate someone coming to help with tasks at home, or your loved one going into supported living for short periods so you can take a full break. Making use of these from time to time is vital for any carer’s health and wellbeing.

Lastly, looking after your mental health is crucial when caring for someone else. Carer-specific emotional support and counselling services exist to give you a safe space to offload. It’s also critical that you designate time for activities you enjoy and for connecting with friends. You cannot pour from an empty vessel – if you’re burned out, you’re no good to your loved one. By making time for your mental health and social needs, you will be better able to provide care consistently and compassionately. The path of the carer can be long, but with the right support from others and by prioritising self-care, the journey will be a little lighter.

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