There is real resistance to the word “carer” and I get it. We are wives, husbands, partners, children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends, family, loved ones. We are supporting, partnering, advocating, caring, helping, loving and just doing what needs to be done.
We are not paid to do these things. If we are lucky we have others to share this with and we are being cared for ourselves in some way too.
If you identify as a carer you may open up possibilities of support, from your employer, your GP, social services, the NHS, charities, social enterprises, schools, colleges, your friends, your family, your community and more.
It’s just a word, but it can also be about accepting a change in your life, it might have been gradual or sudden, you may not have considered that this change would impact you as well as your loved one.
What does this word mean to you? Has it been helpful to identify as a carer? Was there a moment you became a carer or are you in transition? Please do comment below
Have you had the chance to talk to someone with you as the focus of the conversation? Are you being heard? Who will partner with you through this change? What are you having to say goodbye to and what new possibilities may be opening up?
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