Caring for a loved one can be incredibly rewarding. However, as all carers will know, it can be draining, emotionally charged and challenging too. Due to the current pandemic, carers are all too often going without the help and support they need. To help bring hard working carers everywhere a little respite, and get them the emotional support that’s so essential for mental wellbeing, we’ve put together a list of some of the best digital resources currently available.
If you haven’t yet discovered podcasts, now is the perfect time to start exploring the wealth of content available. Podcasts are like radio programmes. They’re free to download and cover an enormous range of subjects. Listening to podcasts can be a great way to get useful information, entertain yourself and your loved one and relax.
There are a growing number of podcasts available that are aimed specifically at carers. Covering finances, support and the day-to-day challenges of caring, these podcasts can provide invaluable support at this difficult time.
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The Invisible Army is a podcast mini-series that features emotional accounts of carers’ experiences. As well as first hand stories from the UK’s carers, the podcast has interviews with healthcare professionals and leading experts from the care industry. Invisible Army is a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to remember that they’re not alone, and listen to the stories of other people just like them.
Who Cares Wins
The @WCW_Pcast is about “Sharing the stories, wisdom and experience of people who have been caring for a loved one.” Specifically created to help provide emotional support for carers, the podcast features carers from across the country telling their personal stories.
Sometimes, just sharing a cuppa with someone is enough to lift your spirits and give you the energy you need to carry on. If you don’t have anyone living at home you can share a cuppa with, don’t worry, there are plenty of people online who will be only too pleased to stick the kettle on and have a chat. You can enjoy a ‘virtual cuppa’ with people from across the country and even across the world. This should help to give you a sense of belonging and remind you that you’re not alone.
If you prefer to watch content rather than listen to it, our very own CarersTV is the perfect way to keep up to date. Created especially for carers, it covers a range of relevant topics. You can watch episodes of CarersTV online via your smart phone, tablet or computer. While new episodes may not be produced during the pandemic, there’s plenty of content already online to keep you going.
If you’re feeling like you need a little extra help and support at the moment, you’re not alone. Explore the online resources available to you, or get in touch with a member of our friendly team, to find out more.