At Grace Consulting we are privileged to speak to many people who are facing tricky situations regarding care, sometimes for themselves, often for relatives or friends.

No two cases are the same, so the care needs and personal preferences of each person requiring care must always be considered individually.

During the course of our work we also have the pleasure of meeting groups of people in their workplace who have an interest in care. Unlike the older people whose care situations are unique, working carers share much in common. They are juggling work, responsibilities for older relatives and frequently childcare too.

Balancing work, home and caring responsibilities can be overwhelming and despite helping keep our social care system afloat these unsung heroes often suffer feelings of guilt, stress and exhaustion.

If you are in a similar situation, what we suggest is that stress and exhaustion should be tackled head on. Easier said than done, we know, but in order to juggle effectively for any duration it is important to ring-fence precious time to try to keep fit and well.

It is also sensible to speak to your employer - useful advice on speaking to employers about career friendly policies to help improve work/life balance is provided by Carers Trust and Carers UK.

Guilt is an entirely different emotion. Guilt can come from many directions, sometimes from the feeling of not being able to do your best for anyone, sometimes from siblings, even from the person needing care. What we say is go easy on yourself. You are only human. Many people would not comprehend the amount that you are juggling. So, feel pride, not guilt!

Ultimately if you focus on arranging the best care solution for your relative, then you can try to concentrate on creating the best possible work/life balance for yourself. After all, your life is important too.

If you are facing care challenges which seem difficult to resolve, call Grace Consulting on 01483 203066.

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