Are you worried about the future?

If you’re caring for someone, it’s natural to think about the future.

As a carer, you are likely to be concerned about what will happen to the person you’re caring for if something should happen to you and you can no longer look after them. You may also be concerned about how you’ll manage to balance your own life with the demands of your caring role going forward.

Planning for the future 

Perhaps you're worried about your own health deteriorating, or no longer being able to cope with your caring role. Or you may be very worried about finances.  In this case, you may benefit from a carers assessment. 

Having an assessment can help you understand your own needs better and make sure the Council understands the level of care and support you provide to the person you look after. An assessment is an opportunity to identify things that may impact a carer's wellbeing, and how a carer might address these issues. This will help everyone make sure they can react quickly in an emergency. 


 

What to do in an emergency?

If someone is dependent on you for help, you may be worried about what to do in case of an emergency. For example, you may become unwell yourself and unable to continue caring. It's important to plan ahead to avoid things going wrong:

  • keep a list of emergency service contact numbers to hand
  • use the Carers Emergency Card Scheme with your personal action plan, completed after following a Carers Assessment
  • get a Telecare monitoring device, and Datalink canister containing your emergency contact details


 

Looking after yourself and finding the right balance

You may worry about coping with the pressures of caring, the lack of time to do the things you want to do, managing your energy levels, and maintaining your own health and wellbeing. Or perhaps you’re worried about coping with the stress of caring or feeling isolated, which may sometimes lead to anxiety or depression. 

 

We understand that the person you are looking after is often your first priority, but it's just as important that you look after yourself by:

  • taking short breaks away from caring 
  • learning to notice the signs when you are not coping
  • managing the stress of balancing caring with other responsibilities
  • eating well and making sure you get the exercise you need
  • making sure you get enough sleep
  • having someone to talk to like a friend or family member or other carers through a support group for example
  • making sure you can maintain other personal relationships

 


Worried about money

As a carer, you may have access to some allowances, benefits, tax credits and other means of financial help. 


  

Useful contacts: 

Richmond Carers Hub Service
Phone: 020 8867 2380
Web:www.richmondchs.org
Email: info@richmondcarers.org

Richmond Council Adult Access Team
Address: Adult Social Services, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ
Phone: 020 8891 7971
Minicom: 18001 020 8891 7971
Email: adultsocialservices@richmond.gov.uk