• Claire Cook

Carers' top ten reads of 2020

Well 2020 turned out to be quite a year! Our community of carers have been incredible. We've seen phenomenal support and strength throughout the year, and a real sense of caring for each other, amongst our growing community.


So what caught our eye in 2020? Below we've pulled together the top ten blogs, based on how many carers (like you!) clicked through for a read!


Maybe there's one you missed, or one that you might just need to read again in this moment.






1. Caring During Lockdown


Roxy and her sister are in their 30’s. Roxy’s sister was born prematurely with brain damage and as a result has a learning disability, limited mobility and suffers from seizures. Roxy chose to care for her sister at home as she was concerned about the risk of Covid-19. It hasn’t been easy but it now feels like it was the right decision for them both.


Read and share: https://www.mobiliseonline.co.uk/post/caring-for-my-sister-at-home-during-lock-down



2. Setting up a simple carers emergency plan


If you look after someone it can be helpful to create an Emergency Plan, ahead of an actual emergency!

Suzanne - our Head of Carer Support and a carer herself - has been through the process. And has created a simple template to capture your emergency plan.


Read and share: https://www.mobiliseonline.co.uk/emergency-planning-for-carers



3. Five ways carers are coping right now


The Coronavirus pandemic is changing things for pretty much everybody at the moment. The UK's 9 million informal carers are at the very front line. These are the people who are looking after a vulnerable member of their family, a friend or a neighbour. Many have been doing this for years, but in the last months it's got much tougher.


Mobilise has been speaking to carers since the crisis began. Read up on Carers' top five tips for coping right now.


Read and share: https://www.mobiliseonline.co.uk/post/5-ways-carers-are-coping-with-the-crisis



4. Weekly routine planner


One of the most important things for keeping many carers going is to have a routine. We've been talking to carers about how their routines are changing through the Coronavirus outbreak. Here are some of the thoughts that are coming up, including our downloadable carer's weekly routine planner.


Read and share: https://www.mobiliseonline.co.uk/post/weekly-routine-planner



5. Coping with Change and Uncertainty


Sharing our simple techniques for coping with change and uncertainty. Our brains thrive on logic, so it's no wonder we're feeling jaded. With so many changing rules, with us in and out of lockdown, and with many of us experiencing big personal changes, the Corona virus has certainly brought much change and uncertainty to our lives.


Read and share: https://www.mobiliseonline.co.uk/post/coping-with-change-and-uncertainty





6. Caring and Legal Blindspots


Mike shares his story, as carer for his husband Tom who has dementia. From spotting those first signs, to a diagnosis of dementia, and the journey thereafter. Mike also highlights some key legal matters to get in place, at a time when your mind can be understandably distracted. These include Lasting Powers of Attorney, Wills and Trusts, NI contributions for pensions (through carers credit), Blue Badge, Legal Rights, and carer support.


Read and share: https://www.mobiliseonline.co.uk/post/dementia-mike-s-story-through-emotions-and-legal-blindspots






7. Top three tips for supporting someone with their mental health


Kyro shares his story of being a young carer (now young adult carer). Kyro began caring for his Mum when he was 13. Here are his top three tips of things he wished he'd known from the start.


Read and share: https://www.mobiliseonline.co.uk/post/supporting-mum-with-her-mental-health



8. Digital Skills for carers


Getting on line has never been more important. Throughout this pandemic, we've seen the huge benefits of being able to connect with other carers online. For us, this has been evident through our virtual cuppas and within our Facebook community. Here Joe, our digital guru shares his step by step guide to getting us on online - no matter our technical know how.


Read and share: https://www.mobiliseonline.co.uk/digital-skills-for-carers



9. First steps for getting help in your caring role


Getting started as a carer, in the midst of a pandemic. Our community share their top tips to getting the right support.


Read and share: https://www.mobiliseonline.co.uk/post/first-steps-for-getting-help-and-support-with-our-caring-roles



10. Uplift


What is uplift, why is it so valuable to carers and how can we get it?! Read our guide to uplift - lifting our spirits even in tough times.


Read and share: https://www.mobiliseonline.co.uk/post/uplift-what-is-it-and-why-is-it-important-for-carers


Did we miss your favourite blog of 2020? Don't be shy! Drop a comment below or share it in our Facebook Group - if it helped you - it will help others.


A big thanks, as always, to our carer community who contributed such useful wisdom to the blogs we share.




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