Taking care of your back
As a carer you may need to move and lift the person you care for and this can place a strain on your back. Find out what you can do to help you look after your back.
Make sure your local council gives you a carer’s assessment. This looks at what your caring role involves (including lifting, handling and moving) and how best to help you do this. You may be able to get training, advice and suitable equipment.
If you already have back pain
If you are worried about your back talk to your GP. Let them know that you are a carer and what lifting and moving you have to do.
Preventing back pain
Find out tips for moving and handling the person you care for and how to look after your back:
- Moving and handling the person you care for on NHS Direct includes a lifting checklist.
- NHS direct also has Top 10 back care tips, including lifting advice, how to sit properly and back strengthening exercises.
- Marie Curie offers practical advice about day to day caring including moving someone in bed and helping them stand and walk.
Get in touch with your local carer service as they may be able to offer you support. For example, they may run training to help you learn how to move the person you care for properly or be able to put in touch with other carers in a similar situation.
Find your local carer service
Date revised: 12/12/2018