Health and wellbeing support for carers

Find out how you can get support to stay healthy and well if you're a carer in Suffolk.

Man caring for older man in wheelchair

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.

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

To find out what equipment, advice, groups and activities could help you in your caring role, you can: 

Jointly app

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.

Find out more about Jointly

 

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: 

If you're finding it hard to cope, you could call Childline or join their online community.

Many groups in Suffolk offer emotional and practical support and advice to family carers.

For help with your wellbeing you can:

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

Wellbeing Suffolk and Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney provide practical advice and support for those suffering from stress and anxiety.