Life after caring

At Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre we understand that looking after someone can be a big part of your life. Your caring role could change over time and can end for a variety of reasons.

If you are adapting to life without the person you previously cared for, this section can offer you information and support.

It can take a while to come to terms with such a major shift in your life circumstances, but there will come a time when you are ready to think about what to do next. Initially many carers feel empty having loved and cared for someone over many years. How you cope is a very personal thing. There will be enormous adjustments to be made, and at a time when the carer feels they are wading through lots of mixed emotions: grief, guilt, relief, exhaustion, low self-esteem and panic may all come to the fore.

There is no right or wrong way to feel, and crucially, support is available if you need it.

Life after caring support:

  • If you are already registered with us, you can receive Welfare Support to check on benefits you may be entitled to or be signposted to other relevant services.
  • You can access our counselling and befriending services.
  • You are welcome at many of our events, including our specialist Bereavement Support Group, if you are a bereaved carer.

If you would like to find out more, please contact us by calling 01942 705959 or email