19th June 2020
Categorised in Health & Wellbeing
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 resources providing digital support for family carers.
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.
Digital support for family carers can mean virtual cuppas too …
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.
Digital support for family carers doesn’t just stop there though of course, check The Pod, our very own online community, connecting people just like you!