New to caring?

New to caring?

Are you looking after someone who couldn’t manage without you? 

The person you help could be a relative, partner or friend; and they might be ill, frail, disabled or have mental health or substance misuse problems.

People sometimes only realise they are ‘a carer’ after many years. But sometimes, you can become a carer overnight.

What you need to know

There are some key things to know if you are new to caring – or just realised you’re a carer.

There is a lot of help available – and we’re here to support you in every way we can.

  1. Acknowledge you ARE a carer – it’s a first step that opens up doors to help.
  2. Tell your GP you’re a carer – Your role will be recorded on your notes, you’ll get flexible appointments/text reminders and other help, like free flu jabs, if you’d like them.
  3. Register with us. We can provide a whole range of support. Importantly we can tell you about your rights, and what help you’re entitled to, depending on your circumstances (such as benefits, or the right to a Carer’s Assessment). There’s more explanation of the full range of support available to carers from Southampton City Council on their website, plus more on support from University Hospital Southampton, here.
  4. Think about coming along to one of our events, – these activities provide you with the chance to meet other people who look after someone and can really help.
  5. Look after yourself – it’s so important to take care of you. We know it’s hard to find time, but try to look after your health, your emotions, your social life and hobbies. The better you feel, the better you can take care of your loved one. Sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of the homepage, or in our footer below for monthly wellbeing advice and tips.