Looking after someone, of any age, with a mental health illness, a physical health condition or a learning disability can be challenging. The impact of Covid-19 may have put you under even more stress and caused your anxiety levels to rise. During the pandemic, it is important to know what support is available to you as a carer and those you look after.
Carers UK have provided some useful guidance.
Looking after someone with mental illness
Are you looking after someone with a mental health illness? Who is looking after you?
Oxfordshire Rethink Mental Illness Carers Support Service provides support and advice for new and existing carers.
Telephone: 07918 133671
Rethink Mental Illness national organisation has set up an online hub to provide practical support and information that is useful for people living with, or supporting people with mental illness.
Visit the hub here
Rethink also has Coronavirus advice for carers of those with a severe mental illness – some of your questions answered.
Support in Oxfordshire
Carers Oxfordshire continue to provide support and advice to carers. They have introduced a new, free telephone service. Call: 01865 411 288 or visit the website.
Oxfordshire Young Carers Support Service
If you are a parent or family member and are concerned about the impact providing care is having on your child, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 050 7666. Further information about the team is available online.
Online resources for children are available through OXME.
Age UK Oxfordshire telephone support service for older people and their carers offers advice and assistance to older people and their carers during the course of the virus, providing a friendly weekly telephone call and an opportunity to troubleshoot any issues you may have.
Call :01865 411288
Support in Bucks
Carers Bucks/Young Carers Bucks provide information, advice and guidance services via the telephone. They take calls during normal working hours, Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm, and Friday 9am – 4.30pm. Call: 0300 777 2722 or visit the website.
Witlshire, Swindon and BaNES
Carer Support Wiltshire offer a telephone service (Monday to Thursday 0930 – 1630 and Friday 0930 – 1600).
Call 0800 181 4118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swindon Carers supporting adult carers and young carers by phone. See service update here.
BaNES Carers’ Centre offer a Coronavirus hub, with lots of information for adult carers, young carers and their families.
If you are concerned or need support, they have a Covid-19 helpline: 0300 2470050
If you looking after someone and experiencing anxiety, stress or low mood, talking therapies may be able to help you.
Healthy Minds Bucks
Call 01865 901600
TalkingSpace Plus in Oxfordshire
Call 01865 901222
Living with dementia
Living with dementia at any time brings challenges. Coronavirus is making daily life much harder. Alzheimers Society UK provides support.
They also have Coronavirus related advice and practical tips for people living with dementia and those supporting them – either in the same household or from a distance
Dementia Connect Support Line: 0333 150 3456
Looking after people with learning disability
Oxfordshire Family Support Network provides support if you are a family carer of a family member with a learning disability. Visit their website
If someone you support gets admitted to hospital, you may find the covid-19 emergency hospital passport helpful along with tips.
Children and parents
Young Minds support your to support your child through the coronavirus pandemic.
Young Minds Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25. Call for free on 0808 802 5544 from Mon-Fri, 9:30am – 4pm.