A care home has provided a guide for those caring for loved ones and feel “overwhelmed.”

Elmstead House in Park Road, Hendon, has launched A Helping Hand, a guide with practical and emotional advice and support for those who are caring for someone aged over 55.

A survey from Care UK showed that 75 per cent of carers feel “overwhelmed” by their caring responsibilities, and 36 per cent of carers in London do not often ask for help.

Famous faces have also leant their support to the guide, such as This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford.

She said: “It is sad but not surprising to hear about the pressure family carers put on themselves when looking after a loved one.

“My mum looked after my dad for ten years as his primary carer before we sought help and a guide such as A Helping Hand would have provided some help and comfort for us at a difficult time.”

The guide gives information on the rights of carers and the help they are entitled to, as well as what to consider should they wish to explore permanent residential care for their loved one.

Elmstead House home manager Marie Coehlo said: “Though they often feel overwhelmed, many people don’t think of themselves as carers, and don’t recognise that care takes a variety of forms: from helping someone to get well after an operation, to popping in to have a chat with someone each day – this all constitutes caring, and the responsibilities can mount up.”

The free guide is available online on the Care UK website, or in hard copy at Elmstead House.