Looking after yourself as a carer
As a carer it is important that you look after your own health and wellbeing not as well as the person you support.
Support from your doctor
It is important to let your GP know that you are a carer. Your GP may be able to arrange appointments to fit with your caring responsibilities. They will also give you information about important health programmes available to carers for example vaccination to protect you from seasonal flu.
Being a carer can be stressful. You may find it useful to talk to a professional or others in a similar situation about this. Ask your GP or contact our local carers centre.
Looking after your back
If you need to lift or move the person you care for it is important to protect your back. Make sure you are trained to do this properly.
Taking time for yourself is important. Take a look at the life outside caring or leisure sections for further information.