Independent health and social care services provider Care UK have launched an online guide aimed at supporting those who provide care to relatives or close friends.
‘A Helping Hand’ is an easy-to-follow guide comprising practical and emotional advice from Care UK’s own team.
The guide also provides information on the rights of carers and the help they are entitled to, as well as offering ways for them to continue delivering care for their loved one while keeping themselves happy and healthy.
Carers are also offered information on what to consider and how to proceed should they wish to explore respite or permanent residential care for their loved one.
Welcoming the guide, popular This Morning presenter and Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador, Ruth Langsford, said: “It is sad but not surprising to hear about the pressure family carers put on themselves when looking after a loved one. My mum looked after my dad for ten years as his primary carer before it got too much for her, and a guide such as ‘A helping hand’ would have provided some help and comfort for us at a difficult time.
“Carers can feel immense guilt when considering respite or full-time care for their loved one – but it became clear eventually that it was what my dad needed. Once my mum sought help, she was able to become my dad’s wife again, rather than his carer. My dad received the 24-hour help he needed, and my mum was a new woman, and able to spend wonderful quality time with him again.”
Langsford added: “Many people caring for someone hide just how overwhelmed they are feeling and often don’t ask for support. But it is important to know that caring for someone, in whatever capacity – from helping them after an operation, to doing their weekly food shop – all constitutes caring, and it doesn’t take much for the responsibilities and the pressure to build up.”
You can download a copy of the guide here: