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Carers

Caring for Someone?

Whether you care for someone born with heart condition, or are someone born with a heart condition that cares for someone else, it is really important to take care of and look after yourself as well. However much you might want to look after someone, caring responsibilities can at times be tiring, stressful and take an emotional toll. Getting help and support for yourself as a carer is really important. There are many local Carer's Groups across the UK that offer support. 

Read more about the issues of caring in a family context in this article that appeared in GUCH News Summer 2011: Do you care?

Remember it is okay to ask for help. Find out what you are entitled too as a Carer and to get as much support as possible. As a Carer you are also entitled to have your needs assessed by Social Services (a Carers Assessment) as well as the person who needs care.
Carers UK produce a Carers Rights Guide which is available online for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This has information on benefits, other financial help, practical help and technology.

Carers UK is an organisation that has a wealth of information on all aspects of caring including:

  • Lots of information on the different aspects of caring
  • Practical advice for in the home such as aids and adaptations
  • Help with care and respite
  • Help with money and information on benefits such as Carers Allowance, Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance
  • They can put you in touch with local carers groups that meet and offer practical advice and support in your area
  • Online support forum and advice line Carers Advice Line 0808 808 7777 (Wednesday and Thursday 10am -12pm and 2pm - 4pm)

Carers Northern Ireland (Advice line 028 9043 9843 Northern Ireland)

Carers Scotland

Carers Wales

Some other helpful organisations are:

Mind the Gap Northern Ireland is run by the Carers Trust and is there to assist carers who are 60+ access services.

Carers Trust

Disabled Living Foundation

Contact a Family have lots of information and advice on any aspect of caring for a disabled child. They also have a Helpline 0808 808 3555

At some point caring might end due to bereavement which can be a very painful time of transition. Here are links to bereavement support organisations who are there to support people with their loss.

If you would like to talk through how you are managing as a Carer or have any questions about support please contact Anne Crump Mental Health Support Worker at The Somerville Foundation.
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