April 15, 2024
Five Things To Know About Being A Carer

 

Here are some important things to know about being a carer, courtesy of Forest Homecare 

Always look after yourself

As a carer, it can be easy to get distracted looking after those around you. But, if you want to look after people to the best of your abilities, you need to be looking after yourself. Carers often suffer from physical and mental health problems as a result of caring. So always make sure you are checking in with people around you, and taking a step back when you need it.

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Take a break

The above point leads us on to this one, always take a break when you need to. Care work is difficult and stressful. Having a break can make all the difference. You can always speak to local support charities who take care of carers, you may be able to get financial help towards the cost of a break.

You aren’t alone

Care work can be isolating, especially if you are looking after a single person. But, you are not alone, there are many other carers around the country in the same position as you. If you are struggling why not consider joining a carer support ground to find people to help you through?

Five Things To Know About Being A Carer

Tell your GP

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for yourself. Informing your GP can help you do this. They can help you stay healthy and they may be able to put you in touch with organisations that could help you out.

You have carer’s rights

As a working carer, you have rights. You should always look into your employer’s obligations, so you know exactly where you stand. You might also be able to join carer’s unions, so this is another thing you should look into.

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If you have any further questions about working in care, or if you want to discuss with someone whether it is the right career for you, our team are always happy to chat. Just get in touch to talk to us about being a carer.  

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