Many carers face emotional and financial difficulties. Many have given up their income, employment prospects or pension rights to care for someone. Others attempt to juggle jobs and their caring responsibilities. Taking on a caring role can lead to feelings of isolation, frustration, depression and result in ill health. Access to information, emotional support, advocacy, financial support and opportunities to take a break can help manage the impact of caring on their lives.
Let your GP practice know if you are a carer so that practice staff can help you look after your own health and to get the balance right between caring and looking after yourself. They can also signpost you to sources of support.