A carer is someone who provides help and support to a relative, friend or neighbour who cannot manage without this help because of age, disability or health needs.
You may not recognise yourself as a carer and may not even be comfortable with the name ‘carer’ because you feel you just “look after someone”. By providing a relative or friend with practical, personal or emotional help you are a carer.
The Lewis-Manning Carers Group is in place to care about you and offer support for you at any time during the illness of the person you care for.
The Carers group is an opportunity for Cares to meet regularly and share experiences with others as well as for information sharing and developing support networks.
The Carers Group can help you by ……
Helping you recognise that as a carer you have needs
Valuing what you do
Recognising your involvement in planning and reviewing the care of the person you are caring for
Listening and providing Reflective Time
Looking at relaxation strategies
Ensuring you can have an assessment of your needs and your capacity to care
Providing practical and emotional support for a wide range of concerns
Providing information and resources
Providing one to one and group support
Signposting and advising you where other agencies may help and support you
Helping to prepare for bereavement and offering support during life after caring
Talking about Respite Care
At Lewis Manning we value the role of Carers and we believe that the importance of supporting Carers is crucial.