You may be wondering too. I must say that my own medical practice at Chase Meadow have been very supportive of both myself and my father. The GP's and the staff throughout the whole practice are welcoming and supportive. My local dispensing chemist which is called Day Lewis is also very helpful in fact they will go out of their way to set up repeat prescription services and even deliver to the door. The GP's of course are very busy people and have limited time scales to be able to support in practical terms but they can be a useful port of call to enable you to access information sources all in one area.
It is very important to tell your GP that you are a Carer. Many people do not see themselves in that role until it is explained to them that the jobs they are doing are part of being a Carer. Once the GP Practice knows you are a Carer they can help with monitoring your health, from time to time providing a listening ear, they can make referrals to Social Services for a Care Assessment to be done in which the Carer's own needs can be included.
Also such things as free Flu Jabs can be provided plus support in terms of someone else being able to care if the Carer is ever ill.
Link to How the GP can help:
OK so I am a Carer but my caring role started when I was in my forties. Yes it is challenging as for the last ten years I have looked after my Father who has visual impairment and dementia. However, can you imagine having to do care work as a young carer and then have to go to school and aim to have a social life?
This is very hard work and so challenging. I take my hat off to these young people because I know myself how many balls I have to juggle with housework, medical appointments, finances and also my own professional work as a Clinical Hypnotherapist plus aiming to have some sort of social life.
Yet compared to the life of a young carer my care role I personally feel is nowhere near as challenging. Young carers need a lot of support and help. I hope all schools and colleges will be very proactive and highlight the positive role of young carers. Schools in general are very supportive as are colleges. I for one feel that society needs to honour and celebrate the dedication of Carers as a whole but especially Young Carers. If there is anything I can do through Therapy for Carers to support and highlight the good will and good work of young carers I will!
Link to video on Young Carers
This short video is all about how being a Carer does not mean that your normal life has to stop completely. It can be a catalyst for opening up doors. It is important for Carers to get advice and to get support early. Carers UK is one support network that I really like the look of:
You can listen to one Carer's story here and find out the great advice he gives:
Link to Video on Carers UK
Recently I have been communicating with Naturopaths and even Medical Professionals some of whom have some very interesting proposals to assist with the care of a person with Dementia. I should always state that it is essential to get any person who is displaying signs of ill health to be assessed and checked by a GP and/or Medical Consultant.
That said it is also essential that we as human beings become self empowered and that we learn to take care of our own mind, body, spirit system. One area which is being investigated is the use of Coconut Oil for Senile Dementia. Betyl Amyloid Plaque is known to contribute to Alzheimer's disease.
I think much more research is needed. However, there does appear to be some evidence to support the use of Coconut Oil in the treatment of Dementia:
This video shows a woman Dr Mary Newport who set out to help her husband's Dementia. This is a fascinating video which definitely needs promotion and attention:
Video Link to The Science Behind Coconut Oil for Dementia
Hypnotherapy can be wonderful for both Carers and those that they Care for.
One word of advice in England and the UK in general, if you are going to select a Hypnotherapist please remember that the Hypnotherapy Industry is not regulated by Statutory Law. Therefore there are and can be many unregulated Hypnotherapists out there.
However, there is now Voluntary Regulation and all the competent and capable Hypnotherapists must be signed up to and regulated by an Official Body.
That Body in the UK is the CNHC. So please note well The Department Of Health Recommend That If You Are Looking For A Hypnotherapist You Consult With Someone That Is CNHC Registered.
Here is a direct link to the CNHC www.cnhc.org.uk
Speaking for myself it is essential for regulation. Voluntary regulation is a very welcome step. I am registered in full with the CNHC for Clinical Hypnotherapy.
All competent, bona fide Hypnotherapists in this country will be signed up to not only the CNHC but also a Professional Organisation for Hypnotherapy such as the National Hypnotherapy Society, the General Hypnotherapy Register or the Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy etc.
This is essential for the public to know. You must select a Hypnotherapist that is signed up to and whose membership is current in the CNHC.
This is to support and protect you in your use of Complementary Therapy.
Thanks for reading.
Here is a very good article with a lot of links embedded into it which explains clearly and simply what help and support should be available to you if you are a Carer. I think one of the most important points it makes is with regard to help from Social Services and a Community Care Assessment which accesses the person being cared for to see what their needs are and to identify support they can expect from Social Services. You as a Carer can have your own needs included in this and this can be very helpful for you as a Carer to identify help and support for you.
You see there are two people involved or perhaps more than two if you care for more than one family member. My point is that the Carer must be included into the equation. The Carer needs help, assistance and support to protect and maintain their own mental and physical well being. For without the Carer the person to be cared for or persons to be cared for inevitably suffer.
In my own experience of caring for a family member for many years now I have found that there appears to be a lot of media attention and publicity about support for Carers especially with regard to dementia and yet at the local or ground level any support or help especially of a practical nature is limited especially if one has to pay privately for it.
This is not to denigrate the many excellent and helpful charities and support groups which do brilliant work. It is simply to highlight my own experience. I care for someone with both visual impairment and dementia. I have found people well meaning but in terms of practical support I have found the help and support very limited. I think that the voluntary organisations are stretched to the limit. They are in need of a lot more funding and need support and help themselves.
I would also state that from my experience with Social Services for Elderly Care they are very stretched in terms of finances and funding for help and support even for the person to be cared for. They are prioritising only the most urgent and dire cases. If one can pay there seems to be no priority to carry out a Care Assessment but from my understanding this is a right.
That being said please do look at this article which follows by clicking on the Link. It is a very good article setting out clearly rights and responsibilities.
Well its Friday yet again and this is the day that Warwickshire Association for the Blind take my Dad to bowls! Yes that's right, my Dad who is in his eighties and lives with me has both significant eyesight problems as well as dementia and yet with the great help from the wonderful folks at WAB he is able to meet up with pals and play some bowls. In Winter they go indoors to play but in this brilliant Summer weather he will be outdoors enjoying the sun and fresh air too.
This time away also allows me to relax and to plan to do some well needed jobs at home to make the house fresh and spick and span once more. It is also a chance to enjoy a walk and a coffee with my beautiful dog. My favourite place these days for my morning coffee is the delightful Rose and Crown in Warwick. Susie the owner and all the staff especially Katie, Emma, Flick and Craig are regulars who I see quite a lot and have forged good relations with. In fact Katie is very insightful and always lends an empathetic ear when I have troubles from my Caring role. Always good to share with kind, cheerful and caring people and they sure are.
I have a day without clients today. Normally I am treating clients at my busy practice in Leamington Spa. I own and manage Hypnotherapy Warwickshire and also Douglas Clark Hypnosis where we provide customised, professional Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy to private clients. I love my work and get a great deal of satisfaction in helping and assisting people to achieve their personal best and be free from problems.
Combining my Care role with my professional work is rewarding but also very challenging. That is the reason I set up Therapy for Carers as a means to help and assist other Carers with my professional therapy skills at very affordable rates. It is my way of helping within the society and community in which I live and I am passionate about that. I really want to create a great resource for Carers in Warwickshire where Carers whether voluntary or paid can access methods to allow them to manage their stress, offload worries and learn new ways of thinking, feeling and acting to help them to not only survive but hopefully maybe to thrive in their caring capacity.
Carers give so much and help so much. Often it is a role that is dictated by nature. In other words they did not choose to be a Carer and many are not even aware that is what they are doing. They just get on and do it. I am always amazed and how hard working, decent and kind many Carers are. I also realise their frustrations, the emotions that can build up into stress and the daily grind of it all. After all I have been doing it for ten years now too.
Please lets see how we as Carers can all work together to support and help each other in Warwickshire Carers like you and like me need all the help and support we can muster. It would be my genuine wish that if you have some time you get on board and you help me to get Therapy for Carers off the ground, up and running and get it promoted, get it known and get in touch. If you know a Carer that needs stress management, that could benefit from very high quality Hypnotherapy and NLP at affordable rates. Less that half my normal professional rates then please tell them to call me on 0779 258 4470. I will go out of my way to help.
Well that's about it for now. One thing that is very humbling is to see the work of young Carers. Young people coping with enormous challenges in caring for others. Lets celebrate and reward them too: Please have a very good look at Young Carers:
Wow! Carers Week!
Therapy for Carers will definitely be much more involved in this excellent initiative in 2015.
There are still a few days left of the 2014 Carers Week.
Carers Week aims to raise awareness of Carers in our society and the wonderful, beneficial and rewarding work they do whilst also highlighting challenges and making the general public much more aware of what it means to be a Carer.
Please see much more here direct at:
Please see much more here on the purpose and aims behind the formation of Therapy for Carers. I have a personal interest in helping Carers as much as I possibly can as I am both a Carer and also a Therapist. For myself Caring has been both rewarding and satisfying but also very challenging at times more than others. It can be limiting and it can be stressful and yet it is also fulfilling in that you as a Carer are giving in the most open and compassionate way possible to help and assist a vulnerable person. Of course it can place significant barriers in the way of career development, socialising and also in terms of forming and maintaining relationships. There can be large financial hardships and difficulties plus potential minefields in terms of legal documentation and other medical appointments.
My desire, my passion is to make Therapy for Carers a centre of resources with links to beneficial organisations, articles of interest and worth plus help and assistance to Carers in terms of high quality but affordable therapy.
My own professional training is in Clinical Hypnotherapy and NLP as well as Psychotherapy. However, I also know many therapists in different disciplines and it would be my sincere hope that I would be able to provide a portal for access to other affordable therapies.
I would also be delighted to hear from you if you have any suggestions and ideas to make this site come alive and to create a vibrant community hub of dedicated people aiming to help each other. So whether you are a Carer voluntary or paid or are a therapist with an interest in Therapy for Carers and the ideas behind it. Or whether you are a charity with an interest in the field. Please get in touch!
Douglas Clark Founding Member, Author and Editor of Therapy for Carers Blog
"I have a passion and love for helping people like you to be free from limitations and to allow you to become the very best person you can be!