Caring for a loved one at home is a journey that can begin at any stage of life. It may initially involve helping an older parent or relative with shopping, assisting with meals and medication management. However, this role may grow and intensify over time.
Family Carers Ireland is working in partnership with the HSE, with funding from the ReThink Ireland Innovation Fund, to offer family carers of older people in Cork and Kerry access to The Family Carer Support Project.
The Family Carer Support Project aims to enhance the wellbeing of family carers of older people by finding out about their needs and developing action plans to meet those needs.
By engaging with The Family Carer Support Project, a family carer will have a chance to talk with the Carer Wellbeing Manager about any concerns they may have about their caring role and how they are doing in 7 different areas of their life:
Health - Physical, mental, lifestyle
The caring role - Knowledge about the condition, practical care skills, communicating with professionals, managing medications, ensuring safety
Time to yourself - Social life, hobbies, breaks from hands-on caring
Managing at home - Suitability of their home as a place of care, meals and shopping, day to day tasks
Finances - Handling money, budgeting, rights and entitlements, legal issues
How you feel - Feeling supported, managing relationships, emotional self-care
Work/ Education - Work and your caring role, training, education