National Carer’s Right Day
By Hannah West
Being a carer for a family member or friend can be challenging. It is important that as a carer you know your rights and can access the right information and support when you need it.
Every year Carers Rights Day raises awareness of the support services available for carers to make their life easier.
As you fulfil many different tasks daily from domestic duties to more hands-on personal care, it’s important that you also take care of yourself. Here are a few tips to help you gain the right support you need:
It is important you access the right information to help you as a carer. Carers UK provides information, support and advice to carers on a range of subjects including:
- Benefits and tax credits
- Carers employment rights
- Carers assessments and how to get support
- Services available to carers
- How to complain effectively and challenge decisions
As well as gaining information, support and advice it’s also important that you stay healthy – mentally and physically. So, how do you ensure you are still looking after yourself too?
If you are struggling to cope with the stress of caring for someone it’s important to talk to somebody about your situation. Sharing the problem can lead to a solution and will help you overcome obstacles, so that your day runs much more smoothly. There are many people that you can seek help from, including Carers UK.
It can be very challenging looking after a loved one, so it is important that you take time for yourself and do things you enjoy. Doing a weekly activity will help with your own physical and mental health. Whether it’s going for a walk, shopping or meeting up with friends, having time to yourself will clear your mind.
At CRG Homecare our team of dedicated care workers provide domiciliary care to individuals in their own homes so they can live a fulfilled and independent life. We also provide sit-in calls so you can take some time to do the things that you love whilst ensuring your loved one is safe.
For more information about our services click here.