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Telephone Support Line 0800 092 7640

Available Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm

Telephone Support Line 0800 092 7640

Available Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm

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Big C’s Wellbeing Blog: Support for Carers

Big C’s Wellbeing Blog: Support for Carers

Support for Carers

By Jenny Daly

Becoming a carer, either as a young person or as an adult, for a family member, relative or friend who has been diagnosed with cancer can be stressful, but it can also be very rewarding 

As a carer, your life will change as you try to balance your new role with your other responsibilities. You may experience new emotions, worries or fears and wonder how you will cope with this new responsibility. It may be easy to put these feelings on hold, as you focus on the care needs of the person you are looking after. However, it is important to look after yourself, too. 

Here are some tips on how to look after yourself as a carer:  

Accept help from others:

You don’t have to do this alone. If you need support, reach out to family and friends, they may be able to offer you help, such as helping you with shopping, household chores, walking the dog for you, or simply letting you discuss how you’re feeling over the phone.   

Take care of your own health:

Let your GP know that you are caring for someone. Tell them if you are struggling or finding it hard to cope. They can offer advice and support to help you with your own wellbeing. 

Take regular breaks:

Don’t forget to schedule in ‘me’ time. Do something which can help you relax such as reading a book, exercising, watching your favourite film, or even try an adult colouring book.  

Ensure you eat:

It’s important to ensure you still eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of liquids. CarersUK have a webpage with tips on Eating Well for Carers, including what to eat, managing/losing weight and eating on a budget.  

Talk about your feelings and emotions:

It is important to talk about how you’re feeling . Reach out to your GP, family or friends if you are struggling with your emotions. You could also join a support group and meet others who may be going through a similar situation. 

You could join the Big C Carers Group, a group for people caring for someone with cancer, or use the CarersUK website to search for other local support groups in your area. CarersUK also host an online forum so people across the UK who are caring for someone can meet virtually. 

Get enough sleep:

If you’re having trouble sleeping, you can try some relaxation techniques before you go to bed such as this breathing technique recommend by the NHS 

Also, some care agencies may also be able to provide night sitters if you are caring for someone who is unwell.  

1 in 4 people could be providing unpaid care in the UK.

Carers Week 2020 Research Report

There are also plenty of local organisations which offer support for both young and adult carers:   

 
How can Big C support me? 

Big C is here to support anyone affected by cancer, including those caring for someone who has been diagnosed. 

Our Support and Information Nurses and Officers are happy to listen to any concerns you may have and can offer you practical advice and support. Big C also offers support through our Carer’s Support Group, which is now meeting online via Zoom.  

Alongside this, we know that looking after someone, may mean that you may have to give up working. At Big C, we work with local Citizens Advice Bureau and can offer benefits assessments to find out if there could be any financial support available to help you, such as the Carers Allowance. 

Although Big C centres are closed temporarily, we’re still here for you. For more information about our services, call us at 0800 092 7640. 

Jenny Daly is Cancer Information Clinical Nurse Specialist at Big C.

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