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Carer Information

Are you looking after a friend or relative? 

A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or a friend who could not manage without this help. This could mean caring or someone who is ill or has mental health needs. Many people do not class themselves as carers: they are mums and dads, husbands, wives, partners, brothers, sisters, friends and neighbours.

Caring in Kent and Medway

Being a carer can be stressful and physically demanding. Both Kent and Medway recognise the vital role that carers fulfill. There is no need to feel isolated and alone in your caring role; there are specific organisations where you can get non-judgmental support from people who will have empathy with the situation you are in.

To find your local carers group use the Local Resources Database find out in the right hand menu:

Choose Caring for someone from the Help with what Search Options (see Figure 1) and then choose your locality from the Where are you Search Options (see Figure 2).  Then press the search button.

Caring for Someone

Figure 1

Where Are You

Figure 2


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Kent and Medway Carers Emergency Card

The Carers’ Emergency Card provides carers with peace of mind when they are away from the person they care for.  The card enables immediate access to pre-arranged planned care, giving the carer the peace of mind they need.You can apply for a Kent or Medway Carers card by clicking here.

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Family and Carers Personal Health and Wellbeing Plan

The NHS Federation, National Mental Health Development Unit and the Centre for Mental Health have produced a Personal Health and Wellbeing Plan booklet for families and carers. It is important that, while caring for someone, you too remain well and healthy. The booklet is a way of drawing up a plan for how you can look after yourself while also caring for someone else. To download the plan, click here.

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Rethink Mental Illness Caring For Yourself

Rethink Mental Illness and the Meriden Family Programme have created Caring for Yourself to help people who support someone with any mental health condition. You may have a relative struggling with anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder, a friend with psychosis, schizophrenia or a personality disorder. Whatever the diagnosis, Caring for Yourself can help you to develop skills and new ways to cope.You will find information about:

  • Being in a caring role.
  • Taking care of yourself.
  • Getting your own life back.
  • Finding information about what your relative or friend is going through.
  • Dealing with problems.
  • Talking about what is going on.
  • Supporting your relative or friend

This information is available in 8 guides which you can access by clicking on the titles below:

1. Introduction
2. Being a Carer
3. Information
4. Communication
5. Problem Solving and Goal Achievement
6. Relapse Management and Staying Well
7. Recovery and Hope
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National Information

  • Carers Direct has a telephone help line for carers, they are available from 8am – 9pm Monday to Friday and 11am – 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles within the UK, telephone 0808 802 0202.: www.carersdirect.com/wordpress
  • The Carers Trust has a lot of additional support and advice for carers, they even have a carers chat forum, for more information click herecarers.org
  • Carers UK is a comprehensive online resource to help support you in your caring role, click here for more information. www.carersuk.org
  • MyCare is a new App for carers and families. MyCare helps carers and family members to take good care of themselves, for more information see the MyCare flyer.

Live It Well wants to promote better wellbeing for carers in Kent and Medway, as well as signposting them to the support that is available to them.

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