Hello. I’m new here.
I’m caring for two parents and I could do with some independent external views on my situation and what I should do as am feeling fairly overwhelmed and depressed and conflicted. One has dementia and one has physical caring needs.
Which section would be appropriate place to post a question with more info asking for advice?
Hello. I’m new here.
welcome to the forum
All About Caring is probably the best place as it covers most things. Tips and practical advice is good if you have a specific question about a problem that requires a practical solution and All about money is useful re benefits, funding, financial assessments etc
Don’t worry too much about where you post your questions - us moderators can always link into a better section if need be.
Hi Florence, welcome to the forum.
Would you like to tell us more about your parents, what is wrong with them etc. and we may be able to make a few suggestions about how to go forward.
Do you want to give up caring for them? It’s OK to say yes, we all have limits on what we can do.
What would you like to happen most, in the short term?
As a forum ambassador I wanted to welcome you to the forum and highlight a couple of different options for connecting with others and for getting support from Carers UK should you need it.
Carers UK run online weekly meet ups for carers to take some time for themselves and chat to other carers. Feel free to join if you’d like to and there’s no pressure to share anything you don’t want to. I’m sure you’ll find many other carers are in a similar situation to yourself.
You can find information on how to register to our online meetups at the following pages:
Care for a Cuppa: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/get-support/online-meetups- the next online meet up is next Tuesday 11.00-12.00 with further sessions shown in that link. This social is a great way to have a little break if you are able to and spend some quality time talking to people who understand what you are going through right now.
Share and Learn: Share and Learn | Carers UK - these sessions range from creative writing activities to beginners Latin dance sessions.
I suggest you also get in touch with the Carers UK helpline to discussion your situation and what support is available
The Carers UK Telephone Helpline is available on 0808 808 7777 from Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm or you can contact us by email (email@example.com). They can help provide support and guidance on:
- Benefits and financial support
- Your rights as a carer in the workplace
- Carers’ assessments and how to get support in your caring role
- Services available to carers and the people you care for
- How to complain effectively and challenge decisions