Help and advice Practical and specialist support Stages of caring Individuals needing care have varying levels of need – and those needs can change as time passes. The caring process can develop through some or all of three main stages. We're here to support you whatever stage you are at. Living at home As a carer, you may well be looking after someone in their own home, which may of course be yours, too. While you may be concentrating on keeping the person you care for as healthy, independent and happy as possible, it is vital that you look after your own wellbeing, too. We are here to help you remain well, fulfilled and active in your life both as a carer and beyond, and can support you in a number of ways, including support services such as: Wellbeing and Engagement worker Wellbeing Days Information sessions to give you an opportunity to learn and improve skills to help you in your caring role Social and recreational opportunities to meet other carers, to exchange experiences and remind you that you are not alone. Please make sure that you register as a carer with us to access all the support and activities we offer. Care homes Some individuals are more comfortable in a care home, or the time may come when looking after the person you care for at home has become too difficult. There are a number of ways the cared for person's home can be adapted, but there is also a range of options for moving into a care home. We know that as a carer, you will want the best for the person you are looking after. We recognise that it isn't always easy to identify what that is, so we are here to help you make the decision that is right for you both. Find out about your rights to a Carer's Assessment, the first step in getting access to Stockport's Adult Social Care services Contact us to find out more about how we can help you make the right move Visit the council's https://www.mycaremychoice.org.uk/home website to find out what accommodation is available It is important to acknowledge that you do not stop being a carer just because the person you care for goes to live in a care home - you will no doubt still have many caring responsibilities and commitments. Bereavement The death of a loved one can be particularly difficult to deal with when a period of caring for them has brought you closer and more dependent on each other than ever. Remember that the support you gave them will have made their last days happier and more comfortable. We all deal with bereavement in different ways, but you never need to suffer in silence. We can help you address your emotional needs, referring you to a professional counsellor if it would benefit you, and point you towards any other services you may require. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us online or on 0161 442 0442 and we'll make sure you're as well looked after as the person you have lost was, thanks to your care. You can also read more about our Changing Times work here.