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Do you know someone looking after a loved one?

5 ways you can help someone with caring responsibilities

If you have recognised that someone is looking after their friend or relative due to a disability, health condition or substance misuse it can be difficult to know how you can help.

You may have offered to help before and not been taken up on it, or you feel like they they are already doing an amazing job.

Caring can be very rewarding experience for someone, but it can also have a huge impact on a person's physical and mental wellbeing. It's a lot for one person to take on and it's important that they have a supportive network around them.

1. Recognise their role

A little acknowledgement can go a long way for someone who puts others first. Take the opportunity to let them know that you see what they are doing and that you recognise how difficult it may be for them.

2. Listen

This sounds like a given, but many carers tell us that they often feel invisible and unheard. Offering a non-judgemental space to share their worries, concerns or just how their day is going can be a lifeline. Check in on someone today and listen to what they want to share.

3. Offer understanding and support

For those looking after someone, responsibilities and challenges can vary day to day. By trying to understand their situation and regularly offering help, they will know that they have someone to turn to.

You can support them in many ways, from showing kindness to helping out with daily tasks. 

4. Repeat!

If they refuse your help, don’t turn away. It can be difficult for people to sum up the support they need, and some may even feel guilty accepting help. It can take numerous attempts and offers for them to be willing to let someone support them. 

5. Call us for advice

If you have recognised someone with caring responsibilities and want to help them, talk to us. You can access free advice and guidance on our Freephone Support Line. Call 0800 0388 885 or email (Mon - Fri, 8:15am - 12pm). 

Need to talk? Call our Freephone Support Line on 0800 0388 885 (Mon-Fri, 9am – 1pm)