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Your own wellbeing

Advice on health, fitness, emotions and relationships while looking after someone else, and how to get help

Time off

Most carers say they want more time off from caring. Find out how you can get a break from caring, a holiday, and regular help.

Taking care of yourself

Practical tips on taking care of your own health and wellbeing when you're looking after someone.

Help for you

Handy information on where to go for help for yourself as a carer, including advice on getting legal support and advocacy.


Advice on how to maintain relationships with the person you care for and those around you, including family and friends.

Also on Choices

It's important to keep fit and healthy when you're a carer. These areas of NHS Choices can show you how to stay well.

Last reviewed: 08/04/2011

Next review due: 08/04/2013

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