Carers Week 13th-19th June 2011

June 13, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It is quite astonishing to think that six million people in the UK are carers, from those who help to take care of elderly relatives or disabled family members. Carers are out there in abundance.

With cuts in funding and services available to carers it is crucial that events such as Carers Week raise substantial awareness and support to help maintain positivity amongst dedicated carers, who face a harsh future with little government help.

Occasions such as Carers Week are incredibly encouraging, especially because I think that it is fair to presume that a figure of six million carers will inevitably increase, factoring in the current state of care homes, and that people are generally living longer.

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Throughout Carers Week there are hundreds of events up and down the country hosted by Carers Week in conjunction with lots of different charities, who all specialise in specific areas; ranging from Age UK, Dementia UK, Macmillian Cancer Support, Parkinson’s UK and many others.

Events range from collecting helpful leaflets to getting professional advice, and helping employers to take into account employees who have caring responsibilities alongside work commitments.

I’m particularly impressed that Carers Week is encouraging people to join social groups. Pushing carers to enjoy a life outside of their caring commitments, opening up new opportunities to people who spend a majority of time looking after other people, oppose to themselves.

I think that it’s increasingly important to remember carers range from youngsters looking after parents or siblings, to adults taking on the responsibility of looking after elderly relatives. Along with elderly people themselves who care for husbands or wives. All of these people are entitled to a little rest bite and time for themselves. With effective support this is possible.

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If you are a carer then this week is a fantastic opportunity to discuss your options and find out what support is available for you- from health care to financial support. For the rest of us it is a brilliant chance to remember these fantastic people who are often forgotten about.  Take their well-being into account along with that of the people who they are looking after.

If you are a carer why not find an event near you– for extended support, help and advice.

Additionally Boots the Chemist are offering free carers packs filled with goodies for carers, which I am sure will be a lovely treat- get yours here.

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