We understand that caring can be can be difficult at times. You may not even identify yourself as a carer, as it falls into your role as a spouse, parent, child, friend, or neighbour. You make such a valuable contribution to the health and wellbeing of others, but we want to make sure you also look after yourself.
We are raising awareness of some of the challenges that you may face, and want to encourage you to talk about these when you are ready. You could start by seeing if any of Time to think about you prompts apply to you, or to someone you know, and consider visiting your local carer service or making an appointment to talk with your GP.
Time to think about you prompts
- Do you feel you do not have enough time for yourself?
- Has caring stopped you from doing what you enjoy?
- Has caring made it difficult for you to work or do whatever else you have to do?
- Is your own health affected as a result?
- Do you feel unable to cope?
- Do you feel you are under too much pressure?
- Do you have no one to talk to about your concerns?
- Do you feel low?
- Are you sleeping poorly?
- Are you not eating properly?
- Are you tearful, angry and/or anxious?
- Do you have concerns about your own memory?
If your answer is yes to any of these, you can visit your GP or your local carer service.
Why not download the prompt card now?
Think about how the prompts may apply to you
The pdf includes a slip that you can hand in to your GP and/or your local carer service.
There are also other versions of the prompt card and slip that you may want to use if you want a larger poster, or if you work with carers and you want to print out lots of copies to hand out:
Next update due: June 2017