In order to survive as a caregiver you need to also care for yourself and there are some important points to take on board:
- Make some time for yourself – read a book, go for a walk, have time with your friends
- Accept help from others – people will offer help, accept it and don’t try to do everything yourself
- Eat well, exercise and get enough sleep to keep yourself healthy – it will be easier for you if you are in good health.
- Seek help for yourself – talk to your own friends, join a support group, online discussion group or seek more formal help through your GP. You need an outlet for your feelings of anxiety, fear and frustration.
- Be polite but firm when asking questions and stick with it till you get them answered.
The NHS Carersdirect website has information that is important for caregivers such as:
- Money and legal issues including Carers Allowance
- Practical issues
- Your rights
- Practical supports
- End of life issues
- Mental health support
- Vulnerable people
- Your wellbeing
They also have a free helpline number for confidential information and advice – 0808 802 0202.
Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines and mobiles or you can request a free call back. You can ask for a call back in one of more than 170 languages or send a query by email.
Another service that they provide is a search facility to find services local to you.
For more information please visit their website at
The Carers UK website also has invaluable information for caregivers and there is a forum to chat to other caregivers.