Carers and the importance of taking a break

By 16/01/2018Uncategorised

Did you know that 1 in 8 adults (around 6.5 million people)* in the UK are carers? Every day another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility – that equals over 2 million people each year.

If you are carer then it is important that you take care of your own health, even if you are busy looking after someone else’s. Being healthy is not only important for you, but it also helps the person you care for too.

At Helping Hands we provide in-home care, senior care, respite care and companion care services throughout Lancashire. The team love nothing better than making a difference to an individual’s daily life and that of their family and close friends. Working with family members and the client we create a programme tailored to meet your specific needs.

We can come and help as little or as often as you like, working with you to provide the required care for the individual taking away the stress, worry and loneliness that both the individual and carer can experience. An overview of our services are listed below.

  • Preparation of meals
  • General errands such as shopping and collecting prescriptions
  • Housework including cleaning, washing and ironing
  • Spending time chatting, going through photos and playing games
  • Going for a stroll or out to lunch
  • Attending doctor and hospital appointments
  • Cover for family holidays

Contact us: 01254 812144

More ways to take care of yourself

  • Find out about getting a break, including respite care.
  • Check if you, or the person you care for, can claim benefits.
  • have a carer’s assessment so you can discuss your needs with your local council. The assessment is free and your local council will use it to decide what support to give you.
  • Contact your local carer services to see how they can help to take care of your own health. Find local care and carer services.
  • Make sure you let your GP know that you are a carer as they will record this on your notes and may be able to offer you extra support. Also see 10 top tips to get the most out of your GP appointment from Healthwatch.
  • Enroll to take the Caring with Confidence online courses.  They can help make a positive difference to your life, and that of the person you care for, by developing skills and knowledge for your caring role.

Find your local carer services to see what support there is in your area for carers.

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