Planning for the future - Relative's care
This section is aimed at people who care for someone else and want to plan their support when they are no longer able to care for them. In this section we call the person you care for your ‘relative’, but we realise that you may not actually be related to them.
- You may not always be able to care for your relative. You may become too unwell, have to move or pass away. A lot of people find it helpful to plan for this in advance.
- You can plan for the future by:
- discussing it with your relative,
- asking friends or family if they can help,
- raising the issue with mental health services,
- talking to social services, or
- thinking about supported housing or a care home if your relative needs a lot of support.
- You can ask for a carer’s assessment from your local authority if you find it hard to care for your relative.
This section covers:
- My caring role
- Discussing the future with my relative
- Friends and family
- Help from mental health services
- Supporting my relative to make decisions
- Can I get support?
- Planning future care
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in November 2016. Next review November 2019.
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