In a nutshell:
This area of Carers Club looks at the prospect and reality of life after caring
- What carers have said
- A helpful video
- A helpful guide
We want to help you on every part of your caring journey and for some of you that will be about adapting to life after caring.
“… each year over 2 million people … find that their caring experience comes to an end – perhaps because the person they are caring for has recovered from a serious illness, or become more independent; but often because the person they were looking after has died.”
Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK.
We’re aware that life after caring can be a major transformation whatever the reason your caring role has stopped.
Although every individual deals with the end of their caring role differently, many carers feel they need support to readjust to a typical lifestyle without caring duties.
A former carer on our Carers panel said: “Life all of a sudden becomes about you again, sounds sad to say that when I was caring full time I forgot there was a ‘me’ and by the time my caring duties stopped I didn’t know how to enjoy my own company, do things for myself or just ‘be’. It was the polar opposite of how I felt when I was caring.”
The NHS have a great video on life after caring which takes a journey through real life carers experiences and how they coped with bereavement and found a new purpose in life once their caring was over.
The National Council for Palliative Care, Hospice UK and Sue Ryder have created a really useful guide called ‘What to expect when someone important to you is dying’ to help carers through the last stages of life for the person they care for.
The guide looks to answer three questions that you may have already asked, or are likely to ask at some point as a carer, friend or family member of someone who is dying:
- What happens when someone is dying? (page 3)
- What kind of care can a dying person expect to receive, and what kind of support can I, as someone important to the dying person, expect to receive? (page 11)
- Where can I turn for help if I am concerned about someone who is dying? (page 17)
You can download the guide by hitting the button at the top or bottom of this page that reads ‘download guide’.
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