E-learning and online support
There is a wide range of information, advice and learning support online for carers. Here are just some links to sites you might find useful:
Carer Aware and Young Carer Aware
Whether you are a carer, work with carers or you are just interested in finding out more (or all three) then this online course is for you.
- Who is a carer
- What are their rights
- What support is available in Coventry
- Where to find further information
- Test your knowledge and get your certificate!
Carers Trust (national website)
Search different topics, access a wide range of information and some online courses on the Carers Trust national website. The website also has a discussion board where carers share their knowledge, expertise and experiences. The Carers Trust also facilitate a number of online courses.
Care Companion is a new online resource for Coventry and Warwickshire Carers that has been developed locally between a panel of carers and teams from the NHS, local authorities, charities and the University of Warwick.
Care Companion is a free, simple to use resource developed to support those who care for their loved ones.
What does Care Companion offer?
- An online profile to ensure everything is personalised to your needs.
- A library of carefully selected resources tailored to your individual care needs.
- A mood monitor to help you become aware of mood changes over time.
- A diary to help you document personal feelings and events, record upcoming appointments and resulting notes.
- Every step of its development has been informed by a panel of experienced carers.
- A trusted and free service.
Take a look at the Care Companion website.
Healthy Lifestyles Service - Best You - Coventry Carers
The Healthy Lifestyles Service have created their own online Carers Resource to support carers with their own health and making positive lifestyle choices. The service includes information on smoking cessation, eating healthy and feeling well. It can also connect you to other carers on the Best You "Coventry carers" group.
Care We Share
Care We Share is an easy-to-use platform, to help you ensure that your vulnerable loved ones are getting the right support.
Whatever their level of need, you can have peace of mind, knowing that they’re being cared for.
Use Care We Share to co-ordinate the help and support you, your friends and family are providing – for the benefit of everyone:
- Co-ordinate shopping needs
- Organise care slots and tasks, so there are no gaps
- Share the workload to fit in with other commitments
- Manage medical and hospital appointments
- Arrange leisure activities
Communicate more easily with your network, replacing countless calls and texts.
Use the Training and Resources section on the Alzheimer’s Society website to learn more about all types of dementia.
Refer to an extensive range of Information Guides and Factsheets on the Age UK website, covering topics such as finance, housing, getting care and support, staying safe and healthy.
Rethink Mental Illness
This mental health charity has a wide range of resources and information for carers on their website. There is some very helpful information for families, recognising that experiences will be different for parents and siblings supporting someone in their family who is living with mental ill health. The Siblings Network provides a specialised link for brothers and sisters to get information and advice, share stories and talk to others.
Every Mind Matters
Event Mind Matters is an online resource geared towards promoting good mental health, helping you relax, achieve more and enjoy life more. There is expert advice and practical tips to help look after your mental health and wellbeing.
The Mencap website includes a range of information topics that will be of interest to anyone caring for someone with a learning disability. It includes an online forum for families.
Which? - Later Life
The Which website is usually thought of as a consumer website, with recommendations on the best items to buy but their Later Life pages contain lots of helpful information about support available.