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.
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