When you are caring for someone else it can be all too easy to ignore your own needs. Balancing a life of your own alongside caring is important, not only for you, but also for the person you care for. Should you become ill, stressed or unhappy, your ability to care will suffer.
Taking a Break
Sometimes you need to take a break from your caring role, whether it is to go on holiday, catch up with friends, or simply have a rest. Should you be unable to leave the person you support, alternative care arrangements can be made. Services may be provided in your home or elsewhere, and breaks can arranged to suit your circumstance. A break from caring could include going away with the person you care for, whilst having assistance during the break.
Involve Carers can offer information about available services, how to access them, and where helpful make a referral on your behalf.
Leisure and Learning
Involve Carers, in addition to offering peer support groups, facilitate a range of activity groups whereby Carers can benefit from being in a supportive environment with others, with a focus on fun, learning or sharing skills. Current groups include:
Monthly Book Group
Monthly Crafting Group
We also have other sessions for limited periods e.g. Jewellery making, Floristry etc.
Given the stresses and strains that can result from balancing work and caring it is not surprising that one in five Carers gives up work to care full time. Carers should have choices about whether they work or not. It is important that those who want to work and are able to do so, receive the right support.
Work can be important for your wellbeing, income and for maintaining social contacts. Carers have statutory rights and employers are beginning to realise the benefits of supporting Carers.
These rights include:
- The right to request flexible working
- The right to time off in emergencies
- The right parental leave if you have a child
- The right not to be discriminated against or harassed under the Equality Act
- We will also look at your needs and wishes regarding employment when undertaking a Carer’s Assessment