In the UK, National Carers Week will be running from Monday 8th June to Sunday 14th June this year. Carers week is an annual national campaign that aims to raise awareness of the caring community, by highlighting the challenges that our carers face while they’re working and recognising the contribution that they make to our society.
There is an army of unpaid, informal carers in Buckinghamshire and beyond who play a vital role, every day, in helping vulnerable people in our communities stay safe and well.
The number of people providing unpaid care is increasing rapidly, and it appears there are far more unpaid carers in the UK than previously anticipated. New research reveals 4.5 million more people are now caring for older, disabled or seriously ill family or friends as a result of Covid-19.
Helen Whately, Minister for Care, said: “I am incredibly appreciative of the huge contribution that carers make, especially during these uncertain times. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, we are all adapting to new ways of living. “I’d like to thank Carers UK and all those involved in the event. I will make sure I play my part as Care Minister and will look to pledge my support and encourage others across government to do the same.”
Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said: “Unpaid carers are playing an essential role during the Covid-19 outbreak and, rightly, they want recognition for their efforts. The roundtable with the Care Minister was an important opportunity to explain the main challenges they’re facing right now, and discuss together what support they will need as the country transitions back to the new ‘normal’.”
Did you know around 35% of unpaid carers say they often or always feel lonely and stressed, compared to just 5% of the general population? For many, this is due to the pressure of not having enough time or money, often combined with a sense of isolation and a lack of support. And the situation is even worse for older people who take on caring responsibilities.
Despite the huge contribution of unpaid carers to society, an overwhelming majority (75%) feel their caring role isn’t understood or valued by their community. An unwillingness to talk about caring has for many carers created a barrier to their inclusion at work, home and in public life.
For many people, looking after a loved one is ‘just something you do naturally’ and this means thousands do not recognise their caring role straight away. 90% of unpaid carers say they have missed out on financial or practical support – or both – because they didn’t identify themselves as a real carer.
We want these carers to know that they are not alone.
“Are you caring for a loved one on a full-time basis?”
“Have you ever thought about taking a break but you are afraid to leave your loved one on their own? ”
For us, caring for others is one of the most important jobs you can do. Caring for others can be both physically and emotionally demanding, and it’s so important that our carers take care of themselves as well as their clients.
We are so privileged to have so many incredible carers who provide the care our clients need every day.
If you spend time looking after someone who depends on you because they are ill, frail or disabled, Ashridge Home Care are here to help you. It’s our job to give you the reassurance that your loved one will receive the highest quality one to one care at home while you take time away to look after yourself.