It is estimated that one in eight of us in the UK is a carer. But many of us don’t see ourselves as carers. We would just say “I am a parent, friend, neighbour, brother or sister.” Helping someone out who is struggling to manage alone is something that many of us just do.

Whatever your age, if you look after a family member or friend in some way– then you are providing unpaid care and support. This can include anything from help with washing, dressing or shopping or just keeping someone company if they feel frightened or lonely. If you do this, then you are a carer.

Caring of any sort can affect your own wellbeing and health. To continue looking after someone else means that you need to feel supported too. This support can mean knowing that you can call in emergency support if, for example, you are taken ill. It might mean that you can take a much-needed break or get extra support for the person you care for.

Whatever the particular needs of the person you are looking after, please contact Bath & North East Somerset Carers’ Centre today to find out what help and advice is on offer to help make caring easier.

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Wellbeing Options supports people in Bath and North East Somerset to live full and independent lives. Here you will find information about local care providers, services and activities, along with links to other useful websites and resources

Looking after someone who needs care and support is likely to put pressure on you in some way. You may need a break from caring or at least know that there is a number you can call in an emergency if, for example, you fall ill.

Get some information and advice about what care and support is available if you think the person you’re looking after needs more help.

Find out about personal alarms, safety at home and home adaptations if you are worried about the safety of someone when you are not with them. If you are under 18 and looking after someone, find the help you need here.

Find out more about looking after someone with mental health problems from our mental health partner the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health partnership (AWP). This collection of AWP online leaflets includes really useful information on dealing with difficult behaviour, a checklist of questions for meetings with mental health professionals, understanding the jargon and more. 

You can also find out more about support for people with mental health problems. The Mind website also contains lots of useful information about looking after someone with mental health problems.

 

Find out more about how you can get support for the particular issues that might affect you with this useful Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) online leaflet about caring for someone with dementia

You can also find out more about support and services for people with dementia living in Bath & North East Somerset.

Find out What’s on for older people in Bath and North East Somerset as this can help you get some respite. There are also groups and activities on offer for carers.

The National Autistic Society’s Avon Branch runs a support group for parents and carers of adults with autism.

You can also find out more about support for people with ASC living in Bath & North East Somerset.

Find out about how to get support through our Rainbow Resource which is dedicating to supporting children and families. 

This also includes details of how to prepare a child for adulthood.

If you are a young carer, please find information about the specialised support for you here.

It can be hard to concentrate on a job or on studying if you are busy caring for someone when you are at home.

If you are worried about how caring might affect your job or education, find out about your rights and about where to get advice in our pages on work and learning. If you are under 18 and looking after someone, find the help you need here.

Looking after someone else can leave you no energy for a life of your own. Caring can be exhausting, stressful and upsetting. It is very normal to feel angry and resentful towards the person you are looking after.

We want to prevent carers reaching a crisis point because of the pressures of caring. There are plenty of people you can talk to who can give advice if you need it, moral support or work out an ongoing plan to make sure you get the support you need. 

There is no need to suffer in silence. Get in touch today with someone who can help at the Bath & North East Somerset Carers' Centre.

If you are under 18 and looking after someone, find the help you need here.

Find out how to get information and advice about care and support if you think the person you’re looking after needs more help than you can provide.

Find out about personal alarms, safety at home and home adaptations if you are worried about the safety of someone when you are not with them.

If you want some advice on looking after someone and planning for the future, contact our partner Bath & North East Somerset Carers' Centre today on 0800 0388885.

Contact our partner BANES Carers' Centre today on 0800 0388885 for help and advice about how to make caring easier and how to get the support you need.

If you are under 18 and looking after someone, find the help you need here.

If you are looking after a child with learning or physical disabilities, visit our Rainbow Resource to find out about the support available to children and families.

Find out about activities and groups for carers in Bath and North East Somerset.

Find the information or support you are looking for on Wellbeing Options - a website containing lots of useful information about local care providers, clubs, services and activities, along with links to other useful websites and resources.

National organisation Carers UK provides a wealth of information about caring.

Our mental health partner the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) have produced a collection of online leaflets about caring for people with mental health issues. It includes really useful information on Dealing with Difficult Behaviour, a checklist of questions for meetings with mental health professionals, understanding the jargon and more.  

 

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