Did you know there are 6.5 million carers in the UK? It doesn’t matter if you are D/deaf or hearing, young or old, male or female, anyone can be a carer.
Who is a carer? If you look after or help someone with day-to-day living (washing, cleaning, getting dressed, going to the toilet, cooking, shopping or managing money) you are a carer. You might care for someone for a few months because they’ve had an accident, or you might care for someone for their whole life.
Who needs care? Some people need care if they have a disability, mental health problems or if they’ve had an accident. Some old people have carers because they struggle to look after themselves.
Tips for carers
I’m here to talk about carers. Carers do a wonderful job of looking after the people they care about, be that their partner, mother, father or children. But it’s just as important that they look after themselves.
If you are a carer, it’s important to have time out. Try taking a break, even if it’s only for half an hour or an hour everyday, to switch off and relax. Doing so will help keep your mind healthy.
Maybe ask a friend or family member to step in whilst you have a break. It will give you a chance to recharge your batteries.
Make sure you look after yourself or you can risk becoming exhausted. Your own mental health may decline, you might struggle with sleep or lose interest in food.
If you are a carer, it’s just as important to look after yourself as it is the person you care for.
What is BSL Healthy Minds?
It is the Deaf Health Charity SignHealth’s psychological therapy and counselling service.
We provide therapy in British Sign Language for Deaf people.
All of our staff are Deaf, or hearing and sign fluently. Find out about our work or making a referral here.
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