Hospital admissions & discharge
Iris tells her story about her father who needed day and night care at home, and how she gave up work to care for her mother.
Being a carer
Read Jennifer’s story about caring for her mother, father and aunt, all who had various forms of dementia.
Benefits for carers
Reassessing care needs
After four years of home care, Malcolm’s mother, Margaret, moved to a care home where she was well looked after. Read his story…
Talking about care options
Elizabeth had open and honest discussions about care options with her parents well before their needs changed – read her story.
Read Geoff’s story about looking after his mother, first in his home with his wife, and then by arranging for her move to a care home.
Taking a break from caring
Read Hubert’s story about the 12 years he cared for his wife, who suffered from advancing dementia.
Concern about driving in later life
Making a complaint
Read Colin's story where he complained about an NHS assessment that said his father’s care wouldn’t be funded.
More real-life stories
Find more real-life stories related to different stages of caring
We explain what it means to be a carer and the many ways that the UK’s 6.5 million carers provide help and support.
It can be difficult to broach a subject that might upset a loved one - a little planning should help.
We recommend ‘future proofing’ care plans and show how to deal with a gradual or sudden decline in mental or ...