Caring can be a rich source of satisfaction in people's lives. It can strengthen relationships and help you to develop a variety of skills.
But evidence shows that full-time carers can struggle to:
- hold down a job
- get a good night's sleep
- stay healthy
- maintain relationships with family and friends
The way caring affects our lives is never the same for any two people. Some people are caring 24/7, some just a few hours a week. The impact caring has on our lives will depend on several factors such as:
- our relationship to the person we care for
- the nature of the disability or illness
- what else is going on in our lives
- our personality
- our cultural or social background
- the support services available where we live
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For advice and guidance relating to all aspects of care My Ageing Parent has some useful advice. This ranges from information on medical conditions, accessing care, financial support for carers to types of technology available to support you both and a directory of other useful services and organisations.
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Caring responsibilities can impact your physical and emotional wellbeing which consequently could affect your attendance and performance at work. The Carer's Passport looks at the impact caring has on you and your work and sets up the possibility of a discussion with your line manager.
Our Mental Health pages highlight help available to staff who may be struggling with their emotional wellbeing and has advice for managers in supporting their staff.
If you want to talk to someone about how your caring responsibilities are affecting your relationships you can also live chat with a Relate Counsellor.