Emotional Support

Whilst caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, it can also be very challenging. It can also often have a negative effect on your emotions and wellbeing. You may feel stressed, over-whelmed, drained. Sometimes you may feel angry or guilty because of the changes to your life as a result of caring.  Often you can feel very alone. We are here to support you and in this section you can explore the different kinds of help available.

Carer Support Groups

Being a carer can be demanding, and relentless at times and it is important to get as much support as you can. Our Carer Support Groups enable carers to meet others in a similar situation, to share experiences and support each other.

Taking breaks

When you’re caring for someone it can be easy to keep putting their needs before your own. However, the benefits of taking a break can be far reaching – whether it’s a short meditation, seeing friends or a trip away.

Changing Relationships

Caring can be extremely fulfilling, but it can also be demanding and take its toll on your relationships. Changes can occur suddenly or gradually over time, but your relationships, especially with loved ones, can seem very different to how they were before.

Dealing with Anxiety

Anxiety can be described as a “feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome”. It can strike any of us at any time, and it’s a completely natural response to a new situation. For carers it can be particularly difficult to manage, as you may be faced with uncertain situations.

Carers Guilt

Guilt is a familiar feeling for many carers. For carers who work, they can feel guilt from having to spend time away from those who they care for. Carers may also feel guilt that they may not be doing enough or should be doing better in their caring role. It is important to go easy on yourself and remember your worth and all that you selflessly do.

Coping With Stress

We have all experienced stress at some point in our lives. As a carer, you may be particularly susceptible to stress. Triggers may include pressures or increased responsibility of your caring role. Feelings of anxiety can gradually build up and can even leave you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated.

Low Mood and Depression

Everyone has spells of feeling down, but depression is more than just spending a few days feeling sad or unhappy. If our low mood continues or becomes more severe, it can lead to depression. Depression can make you feel persistently sad and down for weeks or months at a time.

Dealing with abuse as a carer

Although rare, some carers experience abuse at the hands of the person they care for – physical, psychological or sexual. If you have been abused by the person you care for, then it is very important that you talk to someone.

When Caring Ends

Your caring role will change over time, and may come to an end eventually. This may be because the needs of the person you care for have escalated and you can no longer care for them at home, meaning that they move to residential care or you may suffer bereavement of the person you care for. Not only have you lost the person you loved but your caring role, which has been a huge part of your life. It is important that you look after yourself during this time and access the right support services.