The Christmas period is a time for celebration, but if you are looking after someone with an illness or disability it can mean added demands on top of an already stressful day-to-day life.
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If you help look after family or friends who could not manage without this help, you are a carer. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.
The variety of tasks that a carer takes on can be broad. They can include practical tasks such as cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing, paying bills, financial management and engaging appropriate services; personal care such as bathing, dressing, lifting, administering medication and collecting prescriptions; and emotional support such as listening, advocacy, problem solving, motivating and companionship.
This time of year can place extra demands on carers. If you’re caring for someone it’s important to find out what help is out there for you.
Keith Sinclair, Chief Executive of Carers Support Centre, said: “Most carers first contact us through CarersLine and, when they do, they are often near breaking point. Our support workers guide them through the range of services available to make sure they are getting the best support.
“Our message to someone who is caring for a relative or friend is: don’t wait for a crisis. Find out what support is available now.”
If you or someone you know is a carer in need of help, contact CarersLine or visit the Carers Support Centre website for information, advice and to access any of their free services: