Have you thought about what support the person you care for would need if you fell ill or were unable to care for them for any period of time? It is important to think about this before it happens.

When was the last time you were able to take a break for example? When did you last have a night out, or were able to do some exercise or have some time to yourself? Do you need to catch up on some sleep or meet up with friends? 

If you are caring for someone else, it is also important to look after yourself. Taking a short break from caring for someone isn't a luxury, it could be just what you need to help you feel energised and better able to continue caring. It can also be good for the person you care for, particularly if it means you will be able to continue looking after that person for the long term. It also means the person you’re caring for could have the chance to meet different people and benefit from a change of routine.

Think about what is stopping you take a break. This may help you work out what would take some of the pressure off. A break could involve one or many things including:

 

Carers often have a nagging worry at the back of their minds about what happens if they have an accident or fall ill. It is a good idea to have an emergency plan to put your mind at ease. Our partner, the BANES Carers’ Centre has an Emergency Plan they can send you as a starting point, or you can talk to them about your options.

If you are worried about money but know you really need a break, contact our partner the BANES Carers' Centre on 0800 0388885. They can talk to you about how to get the help you need to get that well-deserved break.

Have a think about the kind of break you need and about what's stopping you from getting some time off.

Do you need a few hours off on a regular basis, or a week’s holiday? Do you need to arrange for the person you care for to get some more support? You can arrange extra care and support for the person you care for like home adaptations, safety alarms, someone to come in and help with household chores and more. Get the answers and advice you need by contacting the BANES Carers' Centre on 0808 8085252   

Find out more about what’s on for carers in Bath and North East Somerset.

If you are looking after a disabled child, visit our Rainbow Resource to find out more about support for children and families in Bath and North East Somerset.

You may have family or friends who can step in to take over so that you can take a break from caring. If not, you may wish to make your own private arrangements for the person you look after. This could be employing a care worker, paying for short-term residential care or arranging a holiday for the person you care for.

To talk to someone who can advise you on alternative care services, please contact our partner the BANES Carer’s Centre on 0800 0388885.

Caring for someone can be rewarding but also draining. When you are simply coping day-to-day and responding to someone else's needs, it’s easy to forget your take care of yourself. Research has found that caring for others can have a major impact on a person’s health and wellbeing. If you are a carer you are more likely to be in poor physical and/or mental health than people without caring responsibilities.

Find out from Carers' UK about how to look after your own health so that you can continue caring for someone else.

To talk to someone who can help, please contact our partner the BANES Carer’s Centre on 0800 0388885.

There are groups and activities to help support carers or give them a break. Find out what’s on for carers in Bath and North East Somerset.

Carers can find stress and depression particularly hard to cope with on top of everything elss. However, stress and depression can be brought on by caring itself so it is really important you get the help you need. Caring can be very rewarding but it can also be challenging and sometimes upsetting.

Find out about how to deal with the negative feelings that can be associated with caring.

To talk to someone who can help, then please contact our partner the BANES Carer’s Centre on 0800 0388885.

For help and advice on getting a break from caring, please contact our partner the BANES Carer’s Centre on 0800 0388885.

There are various activities and groups to support carers in Bath and North East Somerset find out what's on for carers.

If the person you care for doesn’t live in Bath and North East Somerset, contact their local council to find out about getting some support so that you can take a break.

National organisation Carers’ UK provides lots of information and advice for carers.

If you are caring for a child with any sort of disabilities or additional needs, visit our Rainbow Resource to find out what support is available for children and families.

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