A carer is anyone who cares unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability or a mental health problem cannot cope without their support. Caring for someone can take its toll on the carer’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.
The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 is designed to support carer’s health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable. The act outlines a carer’s right to be able to access information, advice and support and the responsibility that local authorities and health boards have to address these rights. You can find out more information about the Carers' charter here.
At The Haven, the support we provide to carers is that we offer information and emotional support to carers of people affected by life limiting illness to ensure they can continue to remain in their caring role.
If you would like to find out more information on the support and services we offer for carers then please feel free to give us a call or pop in to one of our three centres and we can show you around and have a chat about how we can support you.
And remember we provide support for the entire family – for carers and for the person living with the illness as well.
“I thought being a carer would be something I could manage with no problem at all. I had a very stressful job and was very senior in my company so thought if I could handle that I could handle anything, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. When I found The Haven it was like a lifeline, after coming here I find the weight of the world is taken off my shoulders and I can cope again for another week.” Carer
Our clients who are carers find that coming to The Haven gives them time each week when “they are not a carer”. They can relax and switch off, knowing the person they care for is safe and with one of our staff or volunteers, giving them time to themselves which is so important.
You don’t need to face the prospect of having a caring role on your own, let The Haven support you and your family to live life as positively as you can.
For more information on the wider support services available for carers please visit the following websites: