Category: Information and advice

Carers guide to employment – tips and advice about your rights and choices

30 July 18

Are you one of the 3 million carers in the UK who juggle their caring role with a paid job? Or maybe you're thinking of leaving work as your caring responsibilities increase? Or perhaps you are looking to get back into work now things are more settled? Whatever your employment situation, our blog looks at some of the things that you might want to think about. Continuing to work while…

Top tips for managing meal times, nutrition and hydration

29 June 18

Meal times can be challenging for carers but making sure both you and the person you care for are getting all the right nutrition is an important part of staying healthy and well. We have put together a guide for carers to make meal times easier including: Eating and drinking aids Help to lose weight Help to put on or maintain weight Fortifying food Meals on wheels services Recipes Hydration Eating…

Carers guide to getting out and about this spring and summer

27 April 18

Now the spring/summer weather is on its way (fingers crossed) you might be thinking of days out for you and the person you care for across Derbyshire. We understand that for carers a day out can take a lot of planning so we are here to help you with information about: Carers go free activities, tourist sites and cinemas Carers go free at football matches across Derbyshire Groups and events…

Young Carers Awareness Day – are you or someone you know a Young Carer?

23 January 18

January 25th is Young Carers Awareness Day. So who’s a Young Carer and where can they get help and support? A Young Carer is someone under 18 who provides care and support, usually for a relative. In some families children as young as 5 are known to help look after someone. Many young carers don’t realise that they’re a carer. They just see themselves as someone who helps out…

Being a carer at Christmas - top tips for the festive season

12 December 17

Many people enjoy putting their feet up and relaxing over Christmas. But for carers the challenges of looking after someone combined with the extra pressures of Christmas can mean they don't get the chance to have a break. Christmas is a time for family, festivities and fun, but when you’re a carer it can be a difficult time for many reasons.  What carers say about Christmas Lucy, aged…

Carers Rights Day - so what rights do carers have?

20 November 17

Friday 24 November is Carers Rights Day Carers Rights Day is a national campaign that brings organisations and experienced carers together to help other carers in their local area to understand their rights and find out how to get the support they are entitled to. There an estimated 118,000 unpaid carers in Derbyshire and Derby City. Many of these don’t identify as ‘carers’ and so…

Carers journey - getting support at all stages of your caring life

18 October 17

For many carers looking after someone can be a journey with different stages and experiences along the way.  Not all carers will experience the same stages. Some carers' journeys take different directions to others, some will stay in a particular stage for a long time, while another carer will find they pass that stage by altogether. However, there are some elements of the carers journey…

For carers, by carers: 10 savvy suggestions for those new to caring

15 September 17

We’ve collected together 10 pieces of advice and information aimed at new carers who look after an adult in Derbyshire.  Many of these tips have come straight from other carers, while others have come from health and social care professionals who work with unpaid carers every day.    If you’ve just become an carer (or recently realised you’re classed as an unpaid/family…