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Are you a carer?
Finding what you want
It is estimated that there are six million people in the UK who
are caring unpaid for a friend or member of their
family. Carers can be any age, supporting someone close to
them who could not manage without their help. If you are
one of these carers, the library holds some resources that you
may find helpful.
Let the library service come to you
Medway's libraries provide a home library service to residents
who are unable to visit a library in person. If you have caring
responsibilities that prevent you from leaving your home and
no one can visit the library on your behalf, Medway Libraries' home
library service may be able to help you. Please complete the
Home Library eform and a member of staff will contact you.
If a particular title you want is not available at your local
library it can be reserved by visiting a library or through the
online catalogue. Medway Libraries are part of a consortium of
libraries in the south-east, so if you cannot find what you want in
Medway it can be reserved from one of the other library
The book list is not comprehensive so please search the
catalogue to find out what other titles we have in stock. If you
would like to recommend titles or authors to us, please fill in a
comments card or send an email. We can’t promise to buy all
suggested titles but will give them consideration.
The Selfish Pig's Guide to Caring
Six million people in the UK provide unpaid care for disabled or
elderly relatives or neighbours. Oddly, though they are by
definition anything but selfish, they are prone to feelings of
guilt, brought on by isolation and fatigue. This book explores what
carers and others should know about caring.
What Can I Do to Help?: 75 Practical Ideas for Family and
Friends from Cancer's Frontline
Based on the advice of hundreds of cancer sufferers, this is a
text for all of us who have ever felt helpless, tactless,
inadequate - just when someone we love needs us most.
Caring for someone with cancer
This handbook provides carers with the knowledge and
understanding required to look after a family member or friend with
cancer, and includes information on relevant sources of help.
Being a Cancer Patient's Carer
Written for the non-professional, this guide offers advice on
addressing the uncomfortable problems and decisions cancer patients
and their caregivers must tackle both before but primarily after
receiving treatment. The 42 chapters discuss appetite,
constipation, depression, and other practical care concerns as well
as the more psychological
Hello and how are you?
This guide is for people who are caring for someone
with cancer, written by carers. It offers advice about how to
handle practical matters, employment and work issues, relationships
and life after caring.
Caring for someone with cancer - spoken word CD
Information for carers from Asian and Chinese communities,
produced by the Afiya Trust, is available in Bengali, Chinese,
Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.
- Books can
help is a collection of titles dealing with the difficult
emotions that everyone experiences at some point in their life. The
collection includes titles about depression, anxiety,
anger as well as positive self-help books.
Macmillan collection is a collection of books and
materials for people who are dealing with or looking after people
who have been diagnosed with cancer
The library holds several collections of
illustrated, easy to read, sturdy books called pictures to share.
The books help individuals with dementia, their families
and carers enjoy activities and time together. More information
about the series is available on their website pictures to share.
eBooks and eAudiobooks
Medway Libraries offer eBooks and eAudiobooks, these can be
downloaded at any time from the eBooks web page. Library card
holders can now borrow and download digital media anytime,
anywhere, free of charge. Details about the collections are
available on the eBooks
Medway libraries subscribes to several online resources,
including encyclopedias. These are listed along
with local information and much more on the library online
For more information and advice:
- Medway Carers Centre
provides advice, information and support to family carers in the
- If you are a Medway carer, I
am a carer will provide you with information on a local
carers’ helpline, claiming carers’ allowance and disabled
facilities grants, and where to find support
it well offers local information and support for carers.
Carers Direct provides information, advice and support for
- Medway crossroads provides
respite care in Medway.
provides information by the UK government on caring for
someone, including support services, rights and financial
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