Looking After Yourself – Help In Hospital

When you’re a carer it can be hard to find the time to look after your own health. Finding alternative care can be difficult, but we are here to help.

From time to time you may be required to attend appointments and check-ups for your own health. Maybe you’re wondering what would happen if you suddenly got taken ill? What about if you need time to recover from surgery or illness?

All of these things can be on your mind if you’re a carer. With support from local services and our CarerLinks team, you can have a plan in place so your mind can be put at ease

  • Paying For Additional Help

    Some people may prefer to pay for additional help, this could either be in their own home or in a residential home. You can find out more about different types of paid care from your local council or CarerLinks team.

  • Help from Friends and Family

    Asking for help in times of need from friends and family may be an option for some people. If it’s just to take over whilst going to an appointment, there may be someone who is willing to help out for a few hours. This could be a great option for those who don’t want to pay for care and only need a few hours away from their role.

What to do in an emergency?

 Sometimes you may fall ill unexpectedly, when this happens you may begin to panic about what to do in terms of finding alternative care.

One option is to tell the staff members in the hospital that you are a carer and need to find an alternative method of care. They will then either make sure you are seen quickly or provide care to your loved one whilst you’re away.

The other option is the Emergency Schemes for carers. This is where a plan is put into place if there is ever an emergency or sudden problem. Each scheme is slightly different and most of them are free to use. Your local council or CarerLinks service can give you more information on how to put a plan into place.