Carers Health & Wellbeing
Here are several useful websites full of handy information to support carers to keep healthy.
- Taking care of yourself
- Alcohol, drugs and addiction
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Equipment, adaptations and telecare
- Learning disabilities
- Mental health
- Pharmacies and medicines
- Tackling loneliness
When you’re caring for someone with a terminal illness, it can be difficult to get time to take care of yourself. But looking after your own health and wellbeing will benefit you and the person you’re caring for. The Marie Curie website provides information including:
- Taking care of your health
- Eating well
- Getting enough sleep
- Psychological and emotional wellbeing
The Carers UK website provides and wide range of useful information for looking after your health:
- Let your GP know
- Getting enough sleep
- Caring for your back
- Coping with stress and depression
- Coping with guilt and resentment
- Flu jabs
- Taking a break
- Electronic patient records
Health and wellbeing tips for carers – 14 tips for help with your health for carers.
The Carers Federation website is full of help with regular health checks, counselling, stress management and more.
Getting the best from your GP
Carers often suffer ill health due their caring responsibilities so it’s important to let your GP know you are a carer. GPs can be an important source of information and advice on services provided by the NHS such as continence services and patient transport to hospital appointments.
GPs can further support you as a carer, including the following help:
- Provide information about the medical needs, treatments and possible side effects of medication as well as general good advice to help you look after the person you care for
- Carrying out home visits to the person you care for if it is difficult to get both of you to the surgery
- Synchronising appointments so you and the person you care for only need to make one trip
- Organising repeat prescriptions to a local pharmacy
- Writing supporting letters for benefits claims
- Free annual flu jabs (for carers of people with certain health conditions)
- Surgery-run support groups for carers
Take care of your emotional wellbeing
Caring for someone can have an impact on mental health as well as physically. Indeed, extreme tiredness can be the thing that leads to anxiety, stress or depression. In the same way that you should consider your physical health – be careful lifting your loved one for example, you should also be mindful of the health of your head.
The Total Wellbeing Luton supports those who care for someone with a mental health need or might be feeling that their own wellbeing is affected by their caring role.