Being a carer
Looking after yourself as a carer is really important not only for the person you look after, but for your health and well-being too. You may not even identify yourself as a ‘carer’ but the information below should help you access vital information on how to obtain an assessment or plan ahead to when you might require further support.
The Lincolnshire Carers Partnership and the Lincolnshire Young Carers Partnership are there to support unpaid carers across Lincolnshire, in their caring role.
Our aim is to reach out to hidden and hard to reach carers, estimated at 66,000 in Lincolnshire alone.
If you are an unpaid carer living in Lincolnshire, there are six important things you should know about in order to be linked in to the support available.
A Carer’s Assessment
It can be difficult to recognise yourself as a carer, you might think you’re just being a good friend, neighbour or spouse and are, ‘just doing your job’. In reality, being a carer can be a difficult and lonely job and a good place to start is with a carer’s assessment. This is an opportunity for you to share your experience as a carer with a dedicated support worker who can guide you towards the help and support you are entitled to as an unpaid carer. It explores the impact your caring role has on your life, and helps to identify the right support to meet your needs.
Carer’s Emergency Plan
What would happen to your loved one if you were unable to care in the event of an emergency? Your Carer’s Emergency Plan is created by you, and provides detailed instructions for others to follow in an emergency situation, giving you peace of mind. Even better, it’s free to set up!
Carer’s Information Pack
This pack, designed by carers, is an excellent information source for all carers, including an A – Z booklet of help and advice on many subjects relevant to carers, a caring journal to record your interactions with professionals, and much more.
This bi-monthly newsletter, created and edited by carers, is full of carers’ experiences, stories, news and events, advice and fun content, and aims to inform and entertain carers across Lincolnshire. It is a great way to keep in touch with carers’ issues and be linked into the Carers’ Partnership.
Carers’ Support Groups and Carers’ Partnerships
Together with the Lincolnshire Carers’ Partnerships, many support groups, carer organisations and charities are working to support carers in Lincolnshire – which one could help you? Anyone can join the Lincolnshire Carers’ Partnerships, and you can be involved as little or as much as you wish.
District Council Carer Champions
All seven District Councils across Lincolnshire have a Carers Champion. They know how important carers are, and are working hard in their district to help raise awareness. Do you know the name of your District Council Carer Champion?
If you would like to find out more about the Lincolnshire Carers’ Partnerships, or about anything shown above, please contact:
Tel: 01522 554214
Fax: 01522 546360
Time out, or a short break for you
Providing a break from the pressures of caring is a vital part of supporting quality of life for both carer and the person being cared for. There are a number of organisations in Lincolnshire that can provide support to help you take some time off your caring role. They offer advice, information and practical support to cares, and can act as a gateway to other services that can help carers to get the help and support they need. You could find out more following a carers assessment.
Visit our website: http://www.mychoicemycare.org.uk/i-need-help-with/being-a-carer.aspx