I’m looking after someone
If you are looking after someone (being a carer) then you provide a really important role in supporting friends or family members in difficult situations, helping them live independently for longer. You may not even call yourself a carer as it might seem natural that you provide support for someone in your life. Every day 6,000 people in the UK become carers, looking after family or friends who are older, disabled or seriously ill.
However, there may be support available and this checklist suggests a range of things to think about and be aware of if you are considering or needing to take on caring responsibilities. This page aims to provide you with a range of support and advice and acts as a checklist of prompts, so make yourself a brew and work your way through. Each link will open in a new tab, so the list remains open for you.
1 Understanding your needs as a carer SHOW
Looking after someone may be a big change to your life, so it is important to put support in place to safeguard your wellbeing as well as the wellbeing of the person you are caring for. A good way to start is to do a carers assessment and have a look at the eligibility criteria for social care.
2 Getting general advice and guidance SHOW
There are organisations who provide guidance through this time to make sure you have answers to common questions.
3 Managing the affairs of the person you care for SHOW
If you're caring for someone you may want to help manage their affairs if they are unable to, or find out and plan how to do this in the future.
4 Accessing financial support for yourself SHOW
As a carer you may be eligible for financial support and benefits. It is worth looking into what is on offer so you get the help you are entitled to.
5 Getting the support you need SHOW
When taking on caring responsibilities it is important to ensure you have adequate support where possible.