Caring for an Older Person

We can not fight getting older, but we can support you caring for someone as they get older

Over 51% of the people who are registered with us as being cared for by a family member or friend are over the age of 65.

Caring for someone who is older comes with it’s own challenges, there are also many Carers who are caring for an older family member or older partner who do not recognise that they are a Carer and that there is support out there for them as well.

Our lead for older people is Sarah. She is here to help you navigate the social care system, finances and accessing community resources if you are caring for someone over 65.

Some of the areas that we support older Carers with are below.

End of life care, difficulties in looking after a disabled cared for, mental health, Dementia, older siblings caring for parents, single isolated Carers, Carers who themselves experience mental health and disability conditions, difficulties in accessing support due to language .

This includes Carers who live both with, and separately to their cared for.

We offer 1-1 support, listening support, a space to talk about how things are for you, follow up support and contact to minimise emotional distress. To help you stay as independent as possible, helping where you feel you need help. Respecting your own knowledge and experience of the person looked after – and of  lived life experiences.

We can help to guide you through the process with other organisations i.e. benefits, finance information, Social services, Hospital, GP and others. Offer ways of coping, and help advocate for you with any services you may be finding difficult to navigate.

Peer Support Group

Sarah runs a peer support group for Carers caring for an older person. It is held on the last Wednesday of every month, from 11am-1pm.

If you are caring for an older person and would like to know more about are services or if you would like to join our peer support group please click the link below.

Our peer support groups give Carers an opportunity to share lived experiences with other Carers who may be in similar situations to themselves. They allow Carers to co-produce the groups and the topics covered each month as well as many of our groups being co-facilitated with Carers.It also allows for Carers to feedback to the Centre, experiences they have had with services within the borough and help us develop methods of improving the services provided for Carers. If you would like to co-facilitate one of our peer support groups please click the link below, we would like to hear from you.

Our aim is always to support Carers’ to care for themselves, so they are able to continue caring for someone else.

We will always work hard to raise Carer Awareness, to celebrate Carers and be the support and advice service you can always rely on.