LETTER: Online guide to being a carer

Every day, 6,000 people in the UK begin caring for a loved one or a friend who is disabled, seriously-ill or older. For some, taking on a caring role is sudden. For others, caring creeps up unnoticed.

Whether you provide round-the-clock care or look after someone for a few hours a week, whether you care for someone in your own home or at the end of the motorway, caring can have a huge effect on us, our lives and our plans.

Carers tell us it can be really difficult to get the help they need when their caring journey begins or when their circumstances change. Without this support, caring can take a serious toll on a person’s health, relationships and finances. That’s why, for Carers Rights Day [today, Friday], we’ve created Upfront, the first online guide of its kind to help those who are new to caring get the information that is right for them and their unique caring situation. We will also be publishing our annual Carers Rights Guide, giving carers up-to-date information on their rights and on further support.

If you know someone who is looking after a loved one, make sure they are getting all the help they’re entitled to by connecting them to Carers UK.

For more information, to access the online Upfront guide to caring, or to get your free copy of our Carers Rights Guide, visit: www.carersuk.org/carersrightsday

Heléna Herklots

Chief Executive, Carers UK

Great Dover Street, London

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