What to expect as a first-time family caregiver

Every single day, another 6000 people become carers for a loved one, with over 1 million people caring for more than one person at a time.

For a lot of us, family is our first priority, which may be one reason why so many people choose to become caregivers for their loved ones in their time of need.

Being able to live independently at home is an important part of daily life, both for those who are growing older or for people living with additional needs. Having the ability to rely on a loved one for extra help is invaluable, but this can be a scary and, often, overwhelming time for family members who have no previous caring experience.

With the community of first-time family caregivers growing larger year-on-year, we wanted to share an invaluable, comprehensive guide from NRS Healthcare  which prepares family caregivers at the start of their caring journey by explaining what to expect, how to address sensitive issues (such as bathing) and what help is entitled to them under The Care Act 2014.

Who are NRS Healthcare?

As a trusted supplier to the NHS, and established for over 70 years, NRS Healthcare serve over 10 million people living with various health conditions and disabilities, delivering the equipment they need to live as independently as possible.

NRS are also huge advocates of family carers and work hard to be a first-port-of-call  for information on conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease  and learning disability, where loved ones often need additional help from family members at home.

What is included in the First-Time Family Carer Guide?

When you suddenly become responsible for the physical and/or emotional needs of a family member, it can be hard to know where to start. You’re likely to have a lot of questions, particularly if you’re providing end-of-life care and need some guidance on how to best approach tough topics, like putting financial affairs in order.

The guide below is ideal for providing some practical advice on how to cope with the difficulties of becoming a family caregiver and points you towards some excellent organisations that can provide more in-depth knowledge of certain conditions or financial matters.

Additionally, you’ll find some great guidance from real carers, who may have experienced a similar situation to yourself and there is also a section detailing some of the top people to connect with online, to remind you that you are not alone.

Young carers also have a place within in the guide, with links to The Children’s Society’s “Include” service which supports children and young people who care for parents, siblings or others living with a chronic illness or disability.

Download the First-Time Family Carer Guide.