Caring for a family member
At Intrust, we understand that caring for family and friends can at times be challenging, and can also be physically and emotionally demanding.
That’s why we are here to help.
We think that carers that are taking care of family members at home do a fantastic job. Sometimes, however, a little extra support is needed and there is nothing wrong with this. Particularly with progressive and challenging conditions like dementia, you may find that where you were able to care for a family member previously, you are now needing some extra help. This may at times feel like a failure, but we want to assure you it’s not. Getting extra help and support from a home care service, allows your loved one to receive the best quality of care now their needs have changed, and also allows you a little respite.
Practical support for carers
If you have been caring for a family member with no support up until now, then we suggest contacting your local council’s social services department to see if there is any help that you are eligible for. Request a carer’s assessment which can look at the type of care you are giving and the current impact being a carer has on your life. The assessment can help you to receive further help and support, so you don’t have to struggle on your own.
The council can also do a care needs assessment for your loved one. The outcome of this could be that you are entitled to receive care from a home care provider like Intrust Care. If this is the case, they will also do a means test to see if you are able to receive any financial support with the cost of care. For more information in regards to this and the care needs assessment, please visit our cost of care page.
Emotional support for those caring for a family member
If you are caring for a family member, we always suggest having a supportive network around you. Although this network may not be able to help with the practical aspect of care for your loved one, knowing that you have someone there to talk to can help relieve stress, and have a positive impact on your wellbeing.
Charities such as Carers UK, have local support groups and online forums where you can meet other carers, and provide advice, support and a listening ear for each other. Sometimes carers can feel isolated and having access to these groups can help you to feel connected to others, who really understand.
Financial Support for carers
There are various ways that you may be able to receive financial help as a carer. There are government benefits that may be available to those taking care of family members at home, the main one being Carer’s Allowance. Aside from this, you may be eligible for help with paying for prescriptions and other healthcare costs (from the NHS low-income scheme), or be entitled to help with council tax, if your income has dropped since you became a carer.