Caring is something that will affect each and every one of us. The statistics show three out of five of us will become carers at some point in our lives.
Carers Week 2017 is brought to you by charities with different specialisms and a shared goal of helping you get the information and support you need in your caring role.
Up and down the UK there are 6.5 million people caring for a disabled, ill, or frail family member or friend. Looking after each other is just something that we do, and when people need help, they usually turn to their friends and family first. These people are called carers but they would probably say that they are just being a wife, husband, mum, dad, son, daughter, friend or neighbour.
Carers help with personal things like administering medication, getting someone dressed, helping them to the bathroom, helping them move, turning them in their sleep or making a cup of tea. They also assist with things like laundry, cleaning, cooking, shopping, filling in forms or managing money.
How does caring affect your life?
Some people are caring round the clock, 24 hours a day. It can be a rich source of satisfaction in people’s lives and help to deepen and strengthen relationships. However, without the right support, caring can have a devastating impact. Evidence shows that caring can sometimes cause social isolation and ill health. When caring is intensive and unsupported you can struggle to hold down a job, stay healthy, maintain relationships with family and friends or even get a good night’s sleep.
This year, Carers Week are continuing their focus on building communities which support carers to look after their loves ones well – whilst recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own and in these communities, carers feel recognised and valued. When you are caring for someone, it is really important to ensure that you look after yourself too.
How can Heritage Help?
Heritage Healthcare have a wealth of experience in providing respite care, giving primary Carer’s the break they need to look after themselves as well as their loved ones. Whether you require someone to pop round and offer a helping hand once a week, or you need someone to provide care for a few days whilst you take a well-earned break – your local Heritage Healthcare Care Team will work with you to find a solution that fits your needs.
If you would like further information on the respite care services offered by Heritage Healthcare, click here to find your nearest office and contact a member of our team today or for more information on Carer’s Week 2017 click here.