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07 Dec 2017

Tips, Advice & Resources for unpaid carers this Christmas

Being a carer for a loved one is never easy at any time of year, but Christmas can be an especially demanding, even isolating time. Families everywhere seem to be celebrating and having fun, while unpaid carers are often too busy looking after a friend, neighbour or relative, and whilst often balancing other responsibilities too, to take time out for themselves...



Being a carer for a loved one is never easy at any time of year, but Christmas can be an especially demanding, even isolating time. Families everywhere seem to be celebrating and having fun, while unpaid carers are often too busy looking after a friend, neighbour or relative, and whilst often balancing other responsibilities too, to take time out for themselves. Carers rarely get enough appreciation for all of the selfless hard work they do all year round, but when it comes to the festive season it's especially important to take time out to enjoy yourself, to have a well-earned rest and to spend some quality time with loved one's, relaxing, or doing something fun and different to your normal routine. As an unpaid carer, you probably often feel that other people don't really understand what you do and that you have no-one to turn to for support as you are the support mechanism for others, especially at this time of year, but there are many ways to make life easier and to reduce the stress this holiday season.

 

Take Time Out

Whilst there are many lovely times as a carer, there will be many difficult days. As a carer, you deserve to have fun and let off steam over the festive season too. Many carer support organisations arrange events specially for unpaid carers during the Christmas period. By searching for carer support organisations in your area online you can easily find details of activities being held near you, from parties and lunches...to cinema visits and carol singing. By just getting out of the house for a few hours, you can let down your hair a little, relax and enjoy yourself, even putting you in a better frame of mind when you return to your caring role.

 

Being Prepared

The key to a successful Christmas as a carer is to make sure that you're well prepared for the day. Trying to get as much of the preparation done in advance as possible will help to reduce stress. If you care for somebody in your own home, talking to family and friends who may be visiting and letting them know what to expect before they arrive, will help to minimise difficult situations; you will probably even find lots of offers of support. Taking a course such as the Surviving Christmas As A Carer will help you to have a more positive frame of mind and to be better able to cope with the challenges of the season.

 

Reach Out For Help

Money is often tight when you're an unpaid carer, and the extra Christmas expenses can lead to real hardship. The good news is that there is help out there. The Money Advice Service provides helpful information to carers about benefits, services and support which is available. The Carer's Trust is also a useful organisation to contact, offering a wealth of expert knowledge on a wide range of subjects from carer's assessments to personal health and wellness advice. They also offer a scheme called Carer Smart which offers a range of benefits and discounts for carers and the person they care for. There also lots of local support organisation's and charities that you can find in your local area by searching online for 'Carer Support'.


Sometimes, the burden becomes too much for just one person to handle. Rather than feeling guilty, it's important to remember that your well-being is just as important as that of the person you are caring for, and possibly more so as they are relying on you to be well. It's important to accept that everyone needs to accept help from time to time. Professional home care support could be the ideal solution for both you and your loved one, and can help to lighten the load, both at Christmas and throughout the year. From a couple of hours to help with domestic duties or even just companionship...to full time care, home care providers such as Mid Surrey Caremark offer excellent care by highly experienced and compassionate professionals, who have a range of skills to support the person you care for.


If you'd like to talk to somebody about any care question or concern, or would just like to find out more about the type of services that we offer, or need advice on any care matter, we're here to help...please call us on: 01372 230 782 or pop into our office for a chat at 17 Bridge St, Leatherhead. Or you can take a look at our website and read more about what we do.

Wishing you a peaceful and pleasant festive season, filled with love.
Caremark Mid Surrey x

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