Self Care

Self care means looking after yourself in a healthy way. If you have a long-term condition this includes issues such as making changes to your diet, different types of exercise or different types of medication you may need to take. Self care also means staying active by doing things that are important to you, such as gardening, seeing friends and family, going on holiday, or continuing to work, if possible. It involves looking at what you can do and want to do, rather than what you can’t do.
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If you are a caring for someone with pallative care needs please follow this link to find out more information: Caring for Carers


Useful Links


Carers Organisations

Republic of Ireland

Care Alliance Ireland

Care Alliance Ireland is the National Network of Voluntary Organisations supporting Family Carers. Our vision is that the role of Family Carers is fully recognised and valued by society in Ireland  



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The Carers Association and Caring for Carers Ireland came together in 2016 to form one stronger, dedicated, carer-centred organisation.



Northern Ireland

Crossroads Caring for Carers

Crossroads Caring for Carers is a Northern Ireland based charity. Since 1984 Crossroads has provided respite care for carers, who provide care for an elderly, frail, ill or disabled friend or relative. Crossroads aim to meet the needs of carers by providing them with a much-needed break whilst providing peace of mind that their loved one is well taken care of by a Crossroads care attendant.


Carers Northern Ireland

Every day Carers UK hears from people who need help with looking after a friend or family member. They might be new to caring and struggling with navigating the maze of services or they may need extra support to cope with the pressures of caring. 

Carers Trust NI

Carers Trust is at the heart of support services for family carers in Northern Ireland. It currently provides support through its network partner Newry & Mourne Carers and also runs a direct service to carers over the age of 60 through its Big Lottery Funded “ Mind the Gap” programme 


Useful Downloads

The needs of the person may often come before your own and this can mean that you struggle to manage everything. However, it can be easier to cope if you look after yourself properly.

It is important that a family caregiver realises that she or he is not alone. Getting support will help reduce caregiver stress, and the associated physical and emotional risks of ongoing stress.

The demands of caregiving can be overwhelming, especially if you feel you have little control over the situation or you’re in over your head. If the stress of caregiving is left unchecked, it can take a toll on your health, relationships, and state of mind—eventually leading to burnout. The following website offers tips, guidance and downloads on how to avoid and recognise carer burnout.

When your partner, relative or friend is ill, you may find you’re the best person to support and care for them.

If you have a terminal illness and want to be cared for at home, this booklet is for you.
Wherever possible, Marie Curie, the NHS and other care organisations will support your wish to be cared for at home, and provide services to help you achieve this.