Many carers report several positive effects of caring including: improvements in psychological well-being, personal fulfilment and physical health. However, research shows that providing unpaid care is associated with negative impacts on carers’ education, employment, household finances, health and wellbeing, and personal and social relationships.
Therefore, due to the number of challenge’s carers may face, it’s important to provide support to these individuals. Below are a list of resources and services that can provide additional help:
Charities/ Support Groups
There are multiple charities and support groups available for carers all over the country. They provide a range of services and information for carers, and can be a great source of comfort for many. There are also more local charities within and around Cumbria that are listed below.
- Carers Trust- https://carers.org/
- UK- https://www.carersuk.org/
- First Aid for Life- https://firstaidforlife.org.uk/carers
Charities/ Support Groups within Cumbria
West Cumbria Carers
West Cumbria Carers provides support to carers who look after a family member, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without their help. The organisation provides services to carers in the districts of Allerdale and Copeland.
- Telephone conversations
- Short term support
- Social events and activities
Tel: 01900 821 976
They provide a range of services to support and enhance the lives of unpaid carers of all ages throughout the city and the north east of Cumbria -Statutory Carers assessments and reviews.
- 1-2-1 or group based support
- Peer support
- Support to take a break
- Information, advice and guidance
- Access to a 24 hour CHAT Line delivered by other Carers
- Support to access community, health and wellbeing services
- Additional support for the person who is being cared for (eg Respite Care)
Tel: 01228 542156
We have experienced Generic Support Coordinators most of whom have qualifications such as Social Work, Occupational Therapy and Child, Young Person and Family Studies degrees.
Types of support:
- Support groups
- Sitting service
Tel: 01768 890280
Age UK West Cumbria
We believe in a world where everyone can love later life. Age UK is here to inspire, enable and support older people to help people make the most of later life.
Types of services:
- Day support services
- Community groups
- Help line
Tel: 08443 843 843
Adult Social Care
Part of Cumbria County Council and they provide a range of different services to support the population of Cumbria, this includes carers. Type of services/care formulated through an assessment.
Tel: 0300 303 3589
Tel: 0300 303 3249
Tel: 0300 303 3589
We understand that caring for an individual can be very difficult and emotionally challenging. There are multiple resources and services that can provide support to you and help you with the demands you face psychologically in being an informal carer.
- How to Cope as a carer- https://www.bwwmind.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/How-to-Cope-as-a-Carer.pdf
- Sue Ryder- https://www.sueryder.org/how-we-can-help/someone-close-to-me-has-died/advice-and-support/coping-as-a-carer
Hospice at Home- https://www.hospiceathome.co.uk/about-us/family-support/
How caring can affect your relationship
Becoming a carer can alter your relationship with the individual in various ways. This can add to the difficulty of caring for this person, and can affect your mental wellbeing also. There are multiple websites that offer guidance on how your relationship may change and how best to adapt to this.
- Partners- http://www.carersinfo.org.uk/news/2018/how-caring-can-affect-your-relationship
- Family- http://blog.lloydspharmacy.com/expert-advice/being-a-carer-for-a-family-member-6-things-to-remember/
Financial Support for carers
There are financial aids on offer to help you with caring for a family member, friend or acquaintance. Below are listed websites and telephone numbers you can use to access information about finances and what you are eligible to.
- Turn2Us- https://www.turn2us.org.uk/Your-Situation/Carers
- You may be entitled to carers allowances. To find out more information please go to www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/eligibility
- If you are have any difficulties with your finances, speak to Citizens Advice and maybe able to give you advice and guide- www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
Citizens Advice Allerdale
Tel: 01900 604735
Citizens Advice Carlisle and Eden
Tel: 0344 411 1444
What to do if you can’t offer care anymore
Circumstances can change often and you may find yourself unable to care for the individual anymore or they no longer require your care. In this instance, there are various options available to you, detailed below.
If you attend your GP surgery and you are going to be admitted by your GP/Nurse to hospital, please inform GP/Nurse that you are a carer for someone and they will be able to support you to arrange temporary care whilst you are unable too.
If the person you care for has a social worker then contact them and inform them you are unable to provide care at this time. You can also call Adult Social Care and inform them of the situation and they may be able to offer you support and advice around what are next best steps to take to get the care they need whilst you are unable too.
- Age UK- https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/care/helping-a-loved-one/my-caring-role-has-changed/
Professional Carers (to add to ‘what to do if you can’t offer care anymore)
- Elder- https://www.elder.org/
- Specialist Care Homes- https://www.carehome.co.uk/