CARERS UK has made a list of 10 steps for carers to take to ensure they look after themselves whilst caring for someone else.

The list has been drawn up as part of Carers Week, an annual campaign which aims to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. This year's theme is making carers visible.

Carers UK have listed 10 steps for carers to take should they need any help whilst they are caring for someone else. The advice extends from those who have been carers for many years to those who have become new carers during the coronavirus crisis.

The steps are:

1. Ask questions and talk about caring

2. Look after your health and wellbeing

3. Talk to your employer

4. Think about your finances

5. Use technology to help your caring

6. Find out about available support

7. Plan for the unexpected

8. Connect with other carers

9. Find out more about the condition(s)

10. Be prepared for change

Helen Walker, chief executive of Carers UK, said: "This year it is more important than ever to raise the profile of caring and recognise the enormous contribution made by unpaid carers, who throughout the COVID-19 outbreak have played an essential role supporting friends and family who are older, disabled or seriously ill.

"I am delighted that so many individuals and organisations are getting involved with virtual activities, helping carers to connect to others and access advice and information.

"Looking after someone can be a hugely rewarding experience, but it sometimes comes with difficulties, including getting the right support.

Helen added: "This Carers Week all parts of the community – family and friends, employers, businesses, schools, health and care services – should do their bit to make caring visible and recognise carers’ vital contribution to society."

For more information on the 10 support steps and for further advice and guidance, visit the Carers UK website.


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