Many people think caring for someone else is perfectly normal. But informal care can be tough too. It is important that you take good care of yourself when caring for a loved one. Only then can you keep going. Part of looking after yourself involves talking to others about how you feel: at work, with friends, or with care providers. By sharing your worries, you can come up with solutions together or make changes to how you currently manage your informal care.
Are you unable to talk to your family or friends about how you feel? Or do you not want to talk to the same people all the time? Perhaps you would like to meet other carers as they might understand you better? On this page, you will find a number of organisations that can put you in touch with those in a similar situation or professionals.
Who takes care of the people who care? Mantelkring does! Relaxation and having fun are central, but we also provide the opportunity to share practical and emotional experiences. You can participate in weekly walks accompanied by a coach. Besides that, there are fun, interesting and relaxing activities on offer, such as monthly themed events, Creative Salons and Sunday outings. Are you unable or unwilling to participate but could do with a sympathetic ear? Then our Attention Centre will be happy to contact you regularly. Participation in Mantelkring is free of charge. Would you like more information? Call 088 – 7878 988 or fill in this form.
Find patient associations on The Hague’s Support Map.
A mantelzorgmakelaar can be reimbursed. Via a supplementary health insurance policy, for instance. If you are a carer and you have a job, you can ask your employer to pay for the care agent. Many employers agree to this. And if you meet a number of conditions, the city council can also pay the costs. Find a mantelzorgmakelaar in your area.
You can share your story with the employees of the Mantelzorg helpline, many of whom are or have been carers themselves. You can also contact them with questions about the care you provide. The Mantelzorglijn is available on working days from 9:00 to 17:00 on 030 – 760 060 55. You can also submit your question via WhatsApp. Find more information about the Mantelzorglijn.