6.5 million people in the UK are carers. This number is set to rise to 9 million by 2037.
This week marks Carers Week - an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
It’s also designed to help people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight one of our wonderful providers - ElWell. ElWell is a caregiving platform that offers support and advice on topics ranging from dementia, care options, financial matters and power of attorney.
The company was founded by lifelong friends Jessica and Nancy after they realised how difficult it was to access relevant information and support to help people caring for elderly relatives. Their aim is to educate and empower people so they can look after their parents and remove some of the stress and heartache too.
What is ElWell offering Heka members?
ElWells online caregiving course is the ultimate source of information and support for people looking after their ageing relatives. With 4+ hours of video content, downloads and checklists, it’s got everything you need to help you look after elderly relatives.
The course covers:
- Coping as a carer, with a focus on emotional wellbeing
- What to do if you think your parent has dementia
- Falls prevention and safe guarding the house
- Staying active and well as a carer
- What to do if your parent wants to keep driving
- Understanding care options, moving out of the family home and how to pay for care
Sometimes you just need to speak to someone impartial about caring for your parents. Elwell offers the perfect solution for this with their 1-2-1 caregiving coaching sessions.
These sessions give you the chance to discuss your specific situation, ways to avoid caregiver burnout, the pros and cons of carers or anything else that’s weighing on your mind.
Caring is anything but easy. It can be exhausting and worrying, whatever stage of the journey you’re at. ElWell is committed to providing elderly care tips to help you feel educated and empowered when looking after elderly relatives.
Getting more support
You can find out about local support groups and services available in your area by contacting your local council. They can also tell you what rights you have, and bring you up to speed with the different types of support available, from emotional assistance to practical help – such as support with care workers in the home.
Carers Trust is a fantastic charity that works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring. They have a network of local services providing support to carers and a grants programme that can provide one-off payments for support.