A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to someone who would not otherwise be able to manage. If you look after someone with a life-limiting illness you may not think of yourself as a carer. If you provide unpaid care and support to a family member, partner or friend, whether it is helping with shopping, taking them to the hospital or just being there when they need to talk then you are playing a vital role in their care.
Without the right support, providing this care can have a big impact on you – physically, emotionally and financially. However you do not have to go through it alone. The Northern Trust would like to ensure that carers have the same help and support as the patient.
What help is available?
There are many organisations offering many different services to help you if you are caring for someone. Even if you have support from healthcare professionals, do not be afraid to ask for help from friends and relatives as they may want to help you too:
Northern Trust Carers’s Support Service: 028 2766 1392
Carers Northern Ireland: 028 9043 9843
Carers Trust Northern Ireland: Mobile: 0782 451 7064
Northern Ireland Hospice Carers’ Service
This Service,gives carers the opportunity to meet other people going through the same emotional difficulties in their lives and provides information and advice, offers companionship and support, to reduce exhaustion and loneliness, and offers complementary therapies which can reduce stress, anxiety, tension. 028 9078 1836