• Claire Cook

#42 | Results from 11th March

Here are the results from yesterday’s Mobilise Moments poll.

What does support in your caring role mean to you?

There were some really strong common themes coming out of yesterday's question, as we explored what support means to us.

The strongest theme, which came through loud and clear, was around connection. The ability to simply talk to someone who 'gets it'. Someone who understands our journey and who will just listen.

"Having contact with someone who genuinely understands your journey is extremely helpful, I didn’t want answers sometimes I just needed someone to listen and tell me I was not going mad."

Another recurrent theme was that of timeliness and flexibility. Knowing the the right support is available when it's needed - rather than perhaps a big hunt to locate the support, building a case and then a waiting list.

" The right help, at the right time"

For others, 'good communication' was key to effective support - particularly if multiple agencies are involved in the care plan.

"Good communication between all agencies is essential"

And for many of us, the ability to still be ourselves is what 'good support' looks like.

"Time and space to be myself - not just a carer"

While support can mean different things to each of us, it's likely that we resonate with all the themes mentioned above. What support we need most at any given time will vary from financial, to emotional to practical. This may be due to the nature of our caring role and relationship with our cared-for, but also our own personal, emotional journeys.

One week our priority might be the provision of a hoist, to support the back breaking work. But the next week it may be emotional support, as we come to terms with a diagnosis.

It's fair to say that 'support' and 'what it looks like' is both personal, evolving and expansive.

And for anyone that would benefit from being listened to right now, we have our free individual support calls available. These are with our carer support team (who are all carers themselves) and are available seven days a week.


And remember.... it's good to talk......

Get support in your caring role, contact your local carer centre. Find out who is closest using this nifty tool from the Carers Trust.

If you were forwarded this page and you look after someone, you might like to contribute to a better understanding of unpaid carers. Sign-up for free to take part in Mobilise Moments today.