Who is a Carer and how does caring affect you.
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.
There are 7 million carers in the UK and over 23,000 in Salford.
How does caring affect your life?
Although for many carers, caring can have positive and rewarding aspects, there are lots of reasons why caring can also leave you needing support.
Money and benefits
Caring can lead to poverty if you have to give up work to care or are managing on benefits. The aids and equipment needed to help care can add an extra drain on tight finances.
Carers in poverty will not be able to afford do the things that many of us take for granted, such as buying new or warm clothes, heating the house, house repairs, going on holiday or taking a break, running a car or paying a bus fare.
Becoming a carer can feel like a constant battle to access help for you and the person you care for, for example getting the right diagnosis for your child's condition, appropriate support at school for a young carer in your family, adaptations to your home, and benefits and other financial help.
Health and wellbeing
Caring can make you physically exhausted – you might be getting up several times in the night as well as caring throughout the day. You might need to lift and support an adult who is a lot heavier than you. You might be juggling caring with looking after the rest of your family and holding down a job.
Caring can leave you emotionally exhausted because of the strain of seeing someone you care about experiencing pain, distress or discomfort.
Caring can lead to poor mental health.
Caring can affect your relationships with partner, friends and family.
If you are caring in a couple you may no longer be able to have the physical or emotional life you had together, nor enjoy shared activities or plan for a future together.
Getting out and about
Caring can be isolating as you may find you can rarely leave the house.
It may be hard to sustain friendships or develop new ones or keep up with interests and activities you may have previously enjoyed.
Working and learning
Caring can mean that you may have to give up work or miss out on career opportunities.
We provide a one-to-one service to adult carers helping them identify their needs, offering support, ensuring they are heard and advocating for their rights. We work across health and social care to ensure they identify, involve and support carers.
We run a range of courses for carers to access including: manage work and caring, wellbeing courses and money management. We have monthly wellbeing walks and launch a weekly Carers Breakfast on the 27th September.