Looking after a family member, friend or neighbour who is elderly, ill or disabled and who couldn’t manage alone?
Have you ever thought that you may be a carer?
If so, you are a carer.
It’s natural that many of us will not see ourselves as a carers, because we view ourselves as a mum, dad, wife, husband, friend, neighbour, relative, partner of the person we are helping in their day-to-day life. However, when caring for someone it’s easy to forget about you, and your own health and well-being which is why it’s important that you recognise when you need support and are able to ask others for that support.
Caring for someone can have a huge impact on your life, no matter how willingly you do it. Caring can happen at any age, it can happen slowly, it might be something you’ve always done, it might be something that’s expected of you or it might be something that you no longer feel able or willing to do. You may live with the person that you care for, live nearby them or they may live some distance away from you.
Initially you may not feel that you need support but over time this may change and it’s important you know where to turn.
At the Monmouthshire Carers Project we are here to support carers. We also support other organisations and professionals so they are better able to identify when someone is in a caring role, so they can offer the right support and information too
We’ve compiled a carer’s handbook to tell you about a range of useful services which may be helpful to you in your caring role. Hard copies of this are available at GP surgeries, by contacting the social care duty desks and it is downloadable from our website Monmouthshire Carers Handbook
Who Is Not a Carer?
Someone looking after a child/ren who does not have a disability or life-limiting illness.
Someone who works or volunteers in care, such as a care worker, medical staff and community workers.