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Celebrating Carers Week: Retaining Your Identity and Wellbeing While Caring for Loved Ones by FeelCare Home Care Services

As Carers’ Week approaches from June 10th, we at FeelCare Homecare Services want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all the informal unpaid carers who dedicate their time, energy, and love to caring for their relatives. Your hard work and unwavering commitment do not go unnoticed, and we recognise the immense value you bring to the lives of those you care for.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

Being a carer is a role filled with compassion, patience, and selflessness. However, it’s equally important to remember to take care of yourself. Maintaining your identity and wellbeing is crucial not only for your own health but also to provide the best care possible for your loved one. Here are some tips to help you retain your identity and ensure your wellbeing while fulfilling your caregiving responsibilities.

Prioritise Self-Care

It’s easy to put your needs on the back burner, but self-care is essential. Set aside time each day for activities that you enjoy and that help you relax. This could be anything from reading a book, taking a walk, practicing mindfulness, or engaging in a hobby. Remember, taking care of yourself is not a luxury; it's a necessity.

Helpful resources liked from Carer’s UK: Help and advice | Carers UK

Stay Connected with Your Social Network

Maintaining social connections is vital for your mental and emotional health. Make a conscious effort to stay in touch with friends and family. Regular social interactions can provide emotional support, reduce feelings of isolation, and remind you of your individuality outside of your care role.

Seek Support

Don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it. Whether it’s from other family members, friends, or professional services like us, seeking support can lighten your load and give you some much-needed respite. Support groups for carers can also be a valuable resource, offering a community of people who understand your experiences.

Set Boundaries

It’s important to set clear boundaries to avoid burnout. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do, and don’t be afraid to say no when necessary. Establishing boundaries ensures that you have time to recharge and prevents caregiving from overwhelming every aspect of your life.

Pursue Personal Goals

Having personal goals and aspirations can help you maintain a sense of self. Whether it’s advancing your career, learning a new skill, or planning, pursuing your goals reminds you of your identity beyond caregiving. Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small they may seem.

Take Advantage of Respite Care

FeelCare Homecare Services offers respite care options to give you a break. Utilising respite care allows you to take time off to rest and rejuvenate, knowing that your loved one is in safe hands. Taking regular breaks is essential for sustaining your long-term wellbeing.

Focus on Your Health

Don’t neglect your physical health. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and sufficient sleep are crucial for maintaining your energy levels and overall wellbeing. Schedule regular health check-ups and attend to any medical needs promptly.

Embrace Your Identity Remember that you are more than just a carer.

Embrace all the facets of your identity, whether you are a parent, a professional, a friend, or an artist. Engaging in activities that reflect your interests and passions helps maintain a balanced and fulfilling life.

Practice Mindfulness and Stress Management

Mindfulness practices such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga can help manage stress and keep you grounded. These practices can provide a mental and emotional reset, helping you cope with the challenges of caregiving.

Celebrate Your Role

Acknowledge the incredible job you are doing. Celebrate the small victories and the love and care you provide. Reflecting on your positive impact can boost your morale and remind you of the meaningful difference you make in your loved one’s life.

Check if you eligible for government benefits

Here’s a brief overview of Carer’s Allowance to help you understand your entitlements:

You could receive £81.90 a week if you care for someone for at least 35 hours weekly and they receive certain benefits. You do not need to be related to or live with the person you care for. However, you won't get extra pay for caring for more than one person, and if someone else shares the caregiving, only one of you can claim.

Important Considerations

  • Carer’s Allowance can affect other benefits for you and the person you care for.

  • It is taxable if your income exceeds the Personal Allowance.

  • You can choose to be paid weekly in advance or every four weeks, directly into your bank account.

While receiving Carer’s Allowance, you automatically get National Insurance credits. You might also be eligible for:

  • Local council support

  • Council Tax Reduction

  • Universal Credit (if on a low income or out of work)

  • Pension Credit (if over working age)

  • Grants and bursaries for courses and training

For more details, visit the official website or contact your local benefits office.

As we celebrate Carers Week, let’s take a moment to honour your dedication and the incredible work you do every day.
For further information, please contact us at:
FeelCare Homecare Services
020 7916 7961120
Fortune Green Road, NW6 1DN





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