Every year, more and more people in the UK take on a caring role with approximately 1 in 10 of the population caring for someone at home. Cares make an invaluable difference to the people they support and bridge the gaps between health and social care services. Around half a million carers provide support for people dying at home.
Many people who care for someone often don't see themselves as carers. Yet, being a carer can be both physically and emotionally exhausting so its vital we support carers with practical guidance, information, training and support networks. During these challenging times carers may not access their usual support, care groups or respite care. The Mary Stevens Hospice has a page specifically with resources to support carers during COVID-19 and this can be found here. Likewise, this toolkit from The Helix Centre offers carers practical advice when caring for the dying person.
If you are a carer and require help and support:
020 7378 4999
Hope Support (Support for young carers)
Dudley Carers Service
Dudley Carers Hub