Carers and Health
Caring can be rewarding but it can also be very tiring, placing demands on your physical and emotional energy. As a carer you need to be as healthy as possible to ensure you are able to continue with your caring role.
It is easy when you are coping day to day and responding to the needs of others, to forget your own wellbeing.
There are a number of ways in which you can help yourself to manage and keep a check on your health.
Register yourself as a carer with your G.P
If you are a carer you may want to consider registering yourself as a carer with your G.P surgery. Your GP, district nurse and other staff can provide you with help and support that you may need, either now or in the future.
Why not arrange a health check with your G.P? This is likely to involve checking your blood pressure, weight and urine as well as a general discussion about your health.
You do not need to wait until you see your doctor to register, download the G.P registration form below and fill in Part one and hand it into your Practice receptionist at any time. Alternatively contact the Carers Service with the British Red Cross for a G.P Registration form:
To contact the Carers Service with the British Red Cross :
Tel: 01239 615945 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get help with Lloyds Pharmacy
Lloydspharmacy recognises the valuable but difficult role that carers play in society and have partnered with Carers UK to provide support to carers in their caring role, as well as understand and offer services to improve their health.
Lloydspharmacy has a carers section on their website which has a lot of useful information specifically aimed at carers. Follow the link to the Lloyds Pharmacy website:
Blood pressure test
Lloydspharmacy have a free blood pressure testing service, it only takes a few minutes and you don't usually need an appointment
Lloydspharmacy offers a free diabetes test to help identify your risk of developing diabetes.
Cholesterol and Heart Check
Lloydspharmacy have a cholesterol and heart Check. The 10-15 minute consultation will take several readings, including cholesterol levels and blood pressure, to estimate your risk of developing heart disease. And you'll get your results straight away along with a personalised action plan to help care for your heart
A regular eye test is a vital health check for your eyes. Conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes and age-related conditions can seriously affect your vision. Lloydspharmacy are offering a home eye test for people who find it difficult to get to a local store. To check your eligibility for a home eye test, visit the website at:
NHS Carers Direct
NHS Carers Direct can offer free, confidential information and advice for carers by telephoning their NHS Carers Direct Helpline 0808 802 0202 or email: CarersDirect@nhschoices.nhs.uk.
It also has a website that has a vast range of information for carers on how to look after you whilst taking care of someone else. The website has tips on fitness, healthy eating, keeping stress levels down and advice on how to access respite care and the different types of respite care available. It also has legal information and advice on how to access advocacy services.
To visit the NHS Carers Direct Website click on the following link:
Carers UK displays a great deal of information on their website about; carers taking care of their health, managing medicines, good sleep tips, coping with stress and taking care of your back. Click on the following link to find out more:
Page last updated 22/01/2010