If you look after a relative or friend who due to ill health, physical or mental illness, disability, frailty, or addiction cannot manage without your support, then you are a carer and you may want to talk to someone about your caring situation and to discuss what support you may need.
For many, caring is a rewarding and positive experience, but for others, without the right help and support caring can feel overwhelming. For some, caring can trigger feelings of loneliness and frustration and many find their physical and emotional health, work or finances often affected. You don’t have to wait until you are struggling or there is a crisis to talk to us. If you’re looking after a friend or relative, you can talk to someone about your situation and discuss what support you may need.
You can contact us to talk to someone about your caring situation and we will listen and provide you with support to help you with your caring role whilst maintaining your own health and wellbeing. We can help with:
• information, advice and guidance specific to you as a carer
• the opportunity to talk in detail about your caring role to establish if you may be able to access additional support from adult social care
• support with conversations with people including GPs, social services and hospitals
• practical training to help you in your caring role
• help to check eligibility for benefits and financial support
• opportunities to access support groups and activities so you can meet others in a similar situation to yourself
• regular contact by telephone, Carers FIRST website, monthly e-bulletins and regular “What’s On” guides containing details of groups supported by Carers FIRST
For all enquiries regarding support for carers you can call our Carers Hub on : 0300 303 1555 or [email protected]
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