Health and Relationships

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Most carers do not think about their own needs.

Whether you are a young carer or an adult carer, caring for someone for a few hours a week or 24 hours a day, you will notice changes in your life.

Some of these changes make it hard for carers to continue to manage their own health or to take regular exercise, particularly if they have an existing health condition. Other changes make it very difficult for carers to continue working or studying.

Finding time to take part in normal activities becomes increasingly difficult when you are a carer.

Common issues Slough carers tell us about:

  • Anxiety, stress or depression
  • Poor health or difficulty managing a personal disability
  • Fatigue
  • Back strain
  • Emotionally drained
  • Loneliness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Finding it hard to make decisions
  • Not able to prioritise
  • Unable to find time for friends or family
  • Problems managing work and caring
  • Losing enjoyment for life

The Care Act became law in April 2015. Together with the Department of Health’s National Carers’ Strategy it explains carers’ rights to health, wellbeing and time off caring. Several initiatives are now in place to help you manage your health & wellbeing. Some of these are available through the NHS or local pharmacy, accessed through your GP, and some of these are available through your local authority. Other support systems are available to carers by self-referral directly to charitable, or privately provided, services.