As a Carer it is important to look after your own health and wellbeing. It is easy to forget your own health needs when you are caring for someone. No matter how much you care about the person you are supporting, caring can place demands on you and impact on your own physical and mental health.
It can be difficult to have a good night’s sleep if the person for whom you care needs help or disturbs you in the night. Many Carers also develop physical injuries as a result of assisting the person they care for, e.g. back strain.
You may feel isolated and that you have no time to yourself.
It is important to remember, the better your own health and well-being, the better you will be able to cope with your caring role.
Involve Carers can support you in the following ways:
We can help you register with your GP as a Carer. Benefits of being on your GP’s Carers Register could include a Carers’ Annual Health Check, Flu jab and flexible appointments. Most importantly the GP and other health professionals will know you are caring for another person when meeting you.
We offer a free Caring with Confidence Course – this is a nationally recognised course designed for Carers. The course will help you identify your strengths, look after your own health and wellbeing, develop coping strategies and by sharing ideas with others help make a positive difference to your life and that of the person you care for. Replacement care can be arranged to enable you to attend if needed.
Involve Carers facilitates a range of activity groups for Carers, some are specifically aimed at improving and maintaining Carers health. Current groups that do this include:
- Weekly Zumba Groups
- Weekly Swim Groups
- Monthly Leisure Walks
- We also have other sessions for limited periods e.g Meditation, Tai Chi, Medau etc