NHS England, in partnership with Carers UK, Carers Trust Age UK, Public Health England, and older carers themselves, has published a Practical Guide to Healthy Caring.
The Guide provides information and advice to carers about staying healthy whilst caring and identifies the support available to help carers maintain their health and wellbeing.
While it is aimed at carers of any age, it is particularly relevant for carers aged around 65 years and those new to caring.
Both guides have been co-produced with experts and partner organisations and tested with carer focus groups and networks. The guide covers a range of topics that provides hints and tips on how carers can look after their own health as well as support the person they care for.
The guide aims to support to support the 5.4 million carers and in particular those 1.2 million aged over 65, who make a critical and often underappreciated contribution not only to loved ones, neighbours and friends but to the very sustainability of the NHS itself.
The Guide is an A4 magazine-style publication that members of the public, professionals and organisations such as CCGs, pharmacists, Fire and Rescue Services and GPs can order free through Prolog, by calling 0300 123 1002, quoting reference HC2 or on-line at www.orderline.dh.gov.uk.