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Carers NI launches new booklet - When Caring Ends or Changes

18 May 2017

Every year in Northern Ireland, over 69,000 unpaid family carers find their caring role comes to an end. Due to an identified lack of support for those carers affected, Carers NI, funded by the Health and Social Care Board, have produced a new booklet to support carers when their caring role ends or changes. 

A carer may no longer be caring for someone because the person they look after has died, moved in to residential care or has gotten better. A gap in support for those carers has been highlighted through the Carers NI advice line and Carers Support Groups.

Clare-Anne Magee, General Manager, Carers NI: “Looking after a loved one may be a large part of your life, but it is inevitable that your caring role will change over time. This may be because the person you cared for has recovered and no longer needs care, they can no longer be cared for at home, or because they have died. Whatever your situation it is important to realise that you are not alone. It will be difficult, but you can find help and support. We’ve produced this resource for carers who are experiencing significant change in their lives. It outlines the support available and the practical steps you can take to help you through each situation ranging from how to find residential care for the person you are looking after through to dealing with bereavement, life after caring or getting back in to education, training or employment.”

Maryann Finnegan, former carer: “I think it's a much needed booklet and so well put together! I feel that this would’ve been so helpful to me last year when I lost my mum. I had been caring for her 24hrs a day for 21 years and after she died I felt lost. There was no one to advise me of what I had to do. The basics of registering the death, organising the funeral etc we somehow managed but it was the longer term things like how to fill my day, how to get back to work and who to talk to about it all were the stumbling blocks.”

David Petticrew, Social Care Commissioning Lead, HSC Board who funded the production of the factsheet said: “The Board is pleased to support this important piece of work that will help those carers who are experiencing changes to their caring role and may be uncertain about what the future holds for them or the person they care for. The Carers NI booklet provides excellent information that will help carers navigate a range of issues or signpost them to others who can provide additional advice and support”.            

Download the booklet here

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