Being a carer can be emotionally and physically tiring. It is important to look after your own health and wellbeing.
The below sections provide advice on managing your health and wellbeing as a carer.
Our carer breaks page contains more information on this topic.
What your GP surgery can do
You can let your GP (doctor) know that you're a carer and ask for this to be registered on your medical record.
Most GP surgeries can support you by:
- providing a free flu vaccination
- offering flexibility with appointment times, for both yourself and/or the person you care for
- agreeing to share information about the condition of the person you care for
- making sure you receive information about the help and support that's available
- referring you to organisations which support carers and their families
- offering you appointment times to fit in with your caring role
- understanding the impact on you and the person you care for if you're ill
- completing a health check to see if caring for someone is affecting your own health
Help with caring duties
To find out what equipment, advice, groups and activities could help you in your caring role, you can:
- complete a self-assessment to find out what support you may need
- find support groups and organisations near you
- request a carer's assessment to find out what support you may need and whether you're eligible for council support
- complete a Family Carer Emergency Plan for when you are unable to provide care
- find out what equipment, adaptations and technology you could benefit from
You can download the Jointly app to set up a circle of care for someone you look after and organise their care.
Use the code DGTL8472 when registering for the app.
Young carers support
Young carers are children or young people who support a member of their family due to an illness, disability or mental health problem.
To find out what support may be available to young carers, you can read up on your rights as a young carer.
You can also visit:
- Suffolk Family Carers to find out what support exists for young carers
- Young Carers Unlimited to find out what support exists for young carers
- Carers Trust to access to information and advice
If you're finding it hard to cope, you could call Childline or join their online community.
Wellbeing advice and support for carers
Many groups in Suffolk offer emotional and practical support and advice to family carers.
For help with your wellbeing you can:
- find a local or national support group for family carers on Suffolk InfoLink
- read a practical guide to healthy caring produced by NHS England, Age UK and partners
- visit our carer's breaks page to look at taking a break from your caring role
Below are some examples of what local support groups do for carers.
Suffolk Family Carers services and activities include:
- a support helpline
- a support centre in Claydon
- support groups around the county where you can talk to and meet other family carers
Suffolk County Council
- Children, families and learning
- Council and democracy
- Jobs and careers
- Care and support for adults
- Roads and transport
- Planning, waste and environment
- Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service
- Trading Standards, community and safety
- Births, deaths and ceremonies
- Culture, heritage and leisure
- Coronavirus (COVID-19)