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Emotional support for carers

Take a break from caring for someone

Looking after someone can be emotionally draining. At times it can leave you feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and stressed.

It can also mean that you have no time to meet up with friends and talk about your worries, and that you become lonely and isolated.

Sometimes you can find yourself getting angry and resentful. This is perfectly natural, but it is not healthy for you or the person you look after. It's important to look after your mental wellbeing.

There are plenty of people out there who can listen and help with advice and support.

Carers First provides support services to unpaid carers in the Essex area.

The Samaritans run a 24-hour helpline where you can talk in confidence about your feelings. You can call them on 116 123 (24-hour helpline).

We can also offer financial support.

Get a break from caring

We may be able to help if you need a break from caring for the adult you look after. Contact Carers First to find out more.

If the person you look after has had an assessment of their needs, their care and support plan may include respite care, to give you a break from caring.
This may be provided as:

  • support in a care home where the person you are looking after goes for a short stay
  • day care, where the person you are looking after goes to a day centre, or takes part in activities away from home, allowing you a break from caring
  • someone to sit with and help out with the person

Longer breaks

There are options available to support the person you care for while you are away. This may be provided as:

  • a care package to support the person you care for to stay at home
  • arranging for the person you care for to be looked after in a care home

Accuro have a friendship scheme which provides opportunities for adults with disabilities to take part in social and leisure activities within their local community. They operate in the Harlow and Uttlesford areas. This also allows carers to take a short break from their caring role. For more information, visit their Adult Friendship Scheme page.

More information

The NHS social care and support guide has information and advice on respite care and the value of breaks for carers.

Carers UK has directories of respite care providers, and holiday companies which specialise in breaks for carers, or care holidays.

The Carers Trust offers information on respite care.

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