GoodOaks News | 14 June 2024

What carer support is available to me in the Bedford area?

An unpaid carer looks after someone who couldn’t cope without their support due to illness, dementia, disability, mental health or special educational needs.

If you’re new to care, supporting a family member, or maybe someone you love who is struggling at home, Bedford offers a range of services that are tailored to assist you in this vital role. From practical assistance to emotional support, there are resources available to help lighten the load and ensure both you and your loved one receive the care you deserve.

Let’s explore the various options and find support that’s right for you: 

Carers in Bedfordshire offer a whole range of help, information, support, advice and guidance to carers of all ages. This includes over the phone with their fully trained support workers, face-to-face contact, support groups and workshops. They also provide counselling, information events, respite activities, wellbeing sessions, hospital support and grants. They also work closely with local and national agencies and can signpost carers to specialised sources of support. Telephone 0300 111 1919  or email

The Carers Trust’s vision is that unpaid carers are heard and valued, with access to Carers Trust support, advice and resources to enable them to live fulfilled lives. 

Respite care provides temporary relief to family carers who are responsible for looking after someone who would struggle to remain at home without their support. It offers them a well deserved break from their daily responsibilities, allowing them to recharge and attend to their own personal matters, knowing that their loved ones are receiving proper care in a safe environment. It can range from a few hours to several weeks depending on the needs of the caregiver and the person receiving care. Visiting care is also a consideration and can help with daily tasks such as meal prep, personal care, companionship and much more. 

For more information on respite care and other services we offer, please call us for a friendly chat on Tel: 01234 395 100