When a loved one moves in with us at Borough Care, it can often come with mixed feelings for the person who was previously responsible for them. There is the relief that their loved one is getting the live-in care and support they need, but there is also sadness and a sense of unsettlement for the carer.
Age UK have a number of resources available to support carers with whatever change they are facing. Whether that is tips on settling your loved one into a care home, so you feel more at ease. Or, if you find you still want to spend a lot of time caring for your loved one while they are living with Borough Care, you may still be entitled to a carer’s assessment and have the right to request flexible working at your workplace.
This is also a good opportunity to get a benefits check, as when your loved one moves into a care home you may not be entitled to the benefits you previously received. Age UK have a benefits calculator on their website for carers.
Having some extra time available to you also means you get the opportunity to look after yourself, so you have the energy to do the things you enjoy and carry on caring. From sleeping and eating well, to taking up a new hobby or embarking on an exercise regime. At Borough Care, we run regular low-impact exercise sessions for our residents. They are suitable for all abilities and you’re welcome to join us!
If you are in the sad position that the person you are caring for has passed away, as well as the loss of the person you cared for, you may also face the loss of the relationships you built up with the professionals involved in their care. Many carers lose touch with family and friends due to the demands caring had on their time, which can lead to further isolation and loneliness. Specialist organisations such as Cruse Bereavement Care can offer counselling, advice and practical help, and put you in touch with local bereavement groups.
Whatever your new caring responsibilities, Age UK offer carers support through their free advice line on 0800 678 1602. Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year. They also have specialist advisers at over 140 local Age UKs.
Alternatively, our friendly and well-trained staff are always on hand to offer information and advice to anyone with caring responsibilities for one of our Borough Care residents.