This week, (7-13 June) is Carers Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
Many people don’t think of themselves as carers. It is just what they do when a loved family member or friend falls ill, has a disability or becomes frail. There are an estimated 13.6 million unpaid carers in the UK. They are not just adults looking after elderly relatives or children who have special needs or are poorly. Often it is children or teenagers who provide the care for parents or siblings.
The theme of this year’s Carers Week is ‘Make Caring Visible and Valued’. There will be activities to raise awareness of caring, to support and appreciate the role that informal carers play and to signpost them to where they can access help.
As professional carers here at the Chiswick, we understand how hard it is to care in the community, every day. Unlike our own staff, informal carers receive no salary for the job they do and often, there are no holidays, no days or weekends off, no downtime to re-charge and go again and mostly, no support from colleagues. It is one of the reasons why we offer respite care.
A short stay at the Chiswick Nursing Centre would mean that your loved one would be well and professionally cared for, with all their personal and medical needs met by fully trained and sympathetic staff. This, in turn, would enable you to have quality time to yourself or with other family members, either at home or on a short break elsewhere to rest and recover. Funding may be available from your local authority. The first stage is to get an assessment.