Challenges of unpaid carers
Here at Unique Senior Care, we recognise the enormous contribution the 6.5 million unpaid carers make to families and communities across the UK, and want to help raise awareness of the vast challenges facing them.
What is a carer?
A carer is defined as someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness or who needs extra help as they grow older. Often carers wouldn’t describe themselves as such – they say they are just being a husband, wife, parent, son, daughter, friend or a good neighbour.
How can caring affect you?
The amount and type of support that carers provide varies considerably, from a few hours a week to 24/7. Caring can be very rewarding, but without the right support it can have a negative impact on mental and physical health, career, finances and relationships. In fact, 61% of carers in the UK said they had suffered physical ill health as a result of caring (Source: Carers Week). There are a number of organisations that can offer support to carers in Warwickshire, including the Carers Trust, Warwickshire County Council and Age UK.
A full list can be found at: www.carerstrusthofe.org.uk
How we can help…
We can all play a role in helping carers to get the support they need without ignoring their own health needs or losing important relationships with others. This could include an employer creating carer-friendly policies, a GP practice offering an annual health check or a local business offering special deals for carers.
At Unique Senior Care, we know that taking care of a loved one can at times be both emotionally and physically tiring. We also understand the importance of having access to high-quality respite care – we want to ensure carers can take a break, secure in the knowledge their loved one is in safe hands. Whether it is just a few hours off to go shopping or 24-hour care while you take a well-earned break, we can help.
Contact us on 01789 20 40 40 to find out more.