What you need to do when you stop caring

Here are some resources that may help with the practical things which may need to be done when you stop caring.

What to do when the person you care for passes away

You can find some useful information on Merton council’s website. It gives you a step-by-step guide and explains what you need to do after the person you care for has passed away.

Citizens Advice has lots of useful advice, especially in more complicated circumstances.

Quaker Social Action has information and advice for people struggling with funeral costs and runs a national helpline.

What to do when the person you care for moves into residential care

Moving into a care home can be a difficult change. We’ve got some tips on what you can do to make it easier.

No matter what the circumstances, moving to a care home can be an emotional time for both loved ones and their Carers. For some, making that move may be as a result of illness or a fall, whereas others may start to need extra support more gradually. 

Moving into a residential home is a huge physical and emotional adjustment. The decision to move into a home is often taken reluctantly.  It can be traumatic for the person moving into the home as well as for a partner, close family or friends left behind.

Making plans early and getting the information and advice you need will help make any changes much easier and less stressful. Having chosen a care home and sorted out the funding, there are things you can do to make sure the experience of moving and settling in is as good as possible. There are also ways in which you can continue to remain involved.

More information:

  • Saga Magazine has a helpful checklist when supporting someone to move into residential care.
  • Care Rights UK run a telephone helpline and provides a series of expert guides about different aspects of residential care.
  • Carers Trust has useful information about care homes.
  • Age UK has information for older people moving into residential care.