I am new to caring
Becoming a carer can happen gradually, or it may have been a sudden change in circumstances, and for some carers their new role can feel overwhelming.
You may have lots of questions and finding the right advice and support as soon as possible is essential. We are here to support you in accessing the information you need, much of which can be found on our website.
As well as practical information, we have some tips to help you while you are helping someone else:
Let your doctor know
Being a carer is a significant part of your life and it is important that your doctor knows as there are regular carers health checks and advice available to support you.
We are here to offer support, advice and information. We can also arrange for you to have a Carers Assessment, an important opportunity to discuss your caring situation and identify any needs that you may have so that additional assistance can be provided if necessary.
Why not visit one of your carer drop-ins for unpaid carers who want to receive initial information and advice about carer support in Devon. Whilst this won’t be a confidential space, we will be available to talk to you about the services we offer and how we can best support you. These sessions are open to carers, their friends, family and professionals. To find a carer drop-in session in your area click here
Make yourself a priority
Looking after yourself is an important part of making sure that you are able to maintain your own health and wellbeing while being a carer. Please read Looking after me for suggestions on how you can do this. If you feel that there are skills that you need help to develop we have a wide range of training classes available. Click here for further information.
Check your entitlement to Carer’s Allowance
You may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance if you are aged 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone who is receiving the higher or middle rate component of Disability Living Allowance. Visit https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/overview for further information.
Take a break
Finding the opportunity to have a break can make a huge difference to your well-being. As well as a more significant physical break, there are often ways to take a small break closer to home. Half an hour by yourself to read, taking a walk, coffee with a friend, time in the garden – everybody is different and identifying what helps you to feel well, as well as finding how to achieve these breaks, can be a very effective stress-management tool.