I am just interested to find out from carers whose caring role has come to an end, whether because the person you had been caring for has passed away or moved into supported living or residential care. I know for a lot of carers this time can be understandably difficult and I wonder what you feel would have helped you when your caring role stopped or when you knew it was coming to an end? Perhaps, counselling, bereavement or other as there is a sense of loss whether the person you cared for has died or moved in to a residential home or supported living? There is also often guilt felt for carers whose cared for is moving on into residential or supported living.
Lot’s of carers especially those who have been caring for many years lose confidence in their ability to return to work, despite the fact they have so many skills, so would confidence building courses help? I imagine help with financial issues because income /benefits you may have been on come to an end, if you were the driver for the cared for and the car was a mobility car, then that has to be returned which can have a knock on affect. I am guessing there could even be housing issues if you were living with the person you were caring for and the property is rented, there could be serious problems as your name is not on the tenancy.
I have a family member whose daughter is in her 40’s and has learning and physical disabilities. Her mum had cared for her all of her life but recently made that step in supporting her daughter to move on into supported living. This is a huge step because naturally there are so many concerns as to is she doing the right thing, who will be her daughter’s voice if her mother was not around to advocate for her.
I don’t know what would help but maybe support groups for former carers, courses, practical information. Would appreciate any feedback. Many thanks. Fran