- It is important that you take care of your own health and wellbeing, even if you are busy looking after someone else's health.
- Find out more about emergencies, equipment, adaptions and telecare, and medication.
- Relationships with your partner, family and friends may be put under strain by caring. Our new online guide can offer you ways to deal with this.
- When caring ends can help you sort out some of the practical problems you may face, such as how to register a death.
- Getting a break from caring may also help you stay well.
- Contact your local carer service to see how they can help you stay healthy.
Also see Live Well on NHS Choices for help with your diet, stopping smoking, getting enough exercise, and coping with stress.
Coping with the festive season
As a carer you may experience extra stress and conflict at this time of year. Perhaps you have to spend more time protecting the person you care for from the cold or bad weather, or you might worry about how they will cope with a change in routine. Your health can also be affected by indulging in too much food or alcohol, the stress of spending time with family, and worries about paying for presents and extra household expenses.
Top tip: Be practical. Plan ahead. Make sure you know what support will be available and when. This could be finding out when your local carer group is next meeting, or knowing that your milkman won’t be delivering for a couple of days. Also check that you know the emergency phone numbers for any services that you rely on.
More information about conditions
There may also be other organisations that specialise in the health condition the person you are care for has. Many of these organisations also have helplines and online forums.