Fife Carers Centre provides help and support to unpaid carers of people with all types of illness and disabilities throughout Fife.
The care that unpaid carers provide varies enormously. Carers can find themselves juggling work and family life along with their caring role. They may be caring for a spouse living with dementia, a child with learning disabilities, a brother with cancer or a neighbour who is elderly and frail and no longer able to cope on their own. They may find themselves visiting someone they normally care for in residential care or hospital and having to make decisions on their behalf.
Lots of carers face similar difficulties: financial, physical, mental and emotional.
At Fife Carers Centre we believe that by supporting carers in a wide variety of ways we can help them sustain their caring roles.
We recognise the importance of maximising income of both the carer and the cared for.
It′s easy to underestimate how emotionally draining being a carer for someone you love can be. We help carers by giving them a place to turn when it becomes too heavy a burden to carry alone.
Staying well enough to carry on caring is important to many carers. We help carers with aspects of their own physical well-being in several different ways.
With up to 21% of carers being affected by serious mental health problems* it is very important that carers are supported to help them avoid compromising their mental health.*http://www.statistics.gov.uk