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Support for carers

They need care too

You may not think about yourself as a carer, simply seeing yourself as a partner, daughter or son. But if you’re looking after a person who can’t manage without your help, because of age, illness or disability, then you are a carer. This could be your spouse, partner, parent, another relative or a friend.

Being a carer can be very rewarding, but it is also hard work. You may face issues you may not have had to deal with before and it can be hard to adjust to having someone dependent on you for support.

Being a carer can mean major changes in your life as well as the life of the person you are caring for. You may need to make practical changes with adaptations and improvements to your home such as bath rails or making a home suitable for wheelchair access.

If you feel under pressure there are people who can help. Make sure you do not miss check ups and health appointments, if you are unwell you cannot be a carer. It is important that you make sure you are cared for too.

Contact Suffolk Family Carers 01473 835400 or visit www.suffolkfamilycarers.org


  1. Are you are carer?
  2. You may not think so. 'Hidden' carers care for their family or partner as part of everyday life and don't access the help available.
  3. Get support. You are entitled to help too.

Support for family carers in Suffolk

Looking after yourself 

Being a carer can be a very rewarding role and enrich your relationship with your family member, but it can also be physically and emotionally demanding.
A new project delivered in partnership between Sue Ryder and Suffolk Family Carers aims to provide practical training and support to help you stay as well as possible, both mentally and physically. So you can continue to provide the care and support that your relative needs.

Practical training and support

Afternoon group sessions are being held throughout 2016, in Bury St. Edmunds, Felixstowe, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Stowmarket and Sudbury.

Topics covered will include:
  • all aspects of nutrition for you and the person you care for
  • maintaining positive mental health and wellbeing
  • management and prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and bladder infections
  • managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and breathlessness
For further information, including session dates, times and booking, contact Sue Ryder’s Community Services team on 01473 295 200

Support from Suffolk Family Carers

If you would like to discuss your caring role on a one-to-one basis, please call 07342 080 022 to speak to the Suffolk Family Carers Link Worker. If you would like to discuss your caring role in general, please call the Suffolk Family Carers information line on 01473 835 477.

Health Education and Support for Family Carers in Suffolk

During 2016, Sue Ryder is providing up to 40 free training sessions across Suffolk to help family carers identify signs of deterioration and target nutrition, resilience & wellbeing, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) & breathlessness and prevention of urinary tract infections.  

In east Suffolk, sessions are being held in Ipswich, Felixstowe and Stowmarket. In addition, a Suffolk Family Carers Link Worker is providing one to one support to carers on these topics. The aim is to lessen pressure on NHS services, as well as reduce the physical and emotional strain on carers. 

For further details follow links below:

For Carers

For healthcare professionals

Referral form

For further information, including session dates, times and booking, contact Sue Ryder’s Community Services team:
call: 01473 295 200
email: community.services@sueryder.org

You are not alone

  • One in ten people are carers.
  • Let your GP know you are a carer so they can support you by looking after your health.
  • You are not alone. Ask for help.
  • Looking after yourself - your health (emotional and physical) and well-being are very important.
  • A carer's assessment is a way of finding out what help you need with caring, help to maintain your own health and well-being with your life, work and family commitments.
  • Financial support may be available.
  • Try to keep doing your hobbies and meeting friends.
  • Advice for Young Carers.
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