Celebrate our unpaid carers – Carers Week

This week is Carers Week – not the wonderful professionals like those on our team at the Chiswick Nursing Centre – but relatives and friends who look after a loved one needing extra help. For them, there is no salary, no holidays, no or little downtime.

There are an estimated 6 million+ unpaid carers in the UK, many of whom would not even think of themselves as such. According to the organisers of Carers Week:

A carer is anyone who looks after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, addiction, or who needs extra help as they grow older. Caring’s impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work can be significant. Whilst many feel that caring is one of the most important things they do, its challenges should not be underestimated.

Caring without the right information and support can be tough. It is vitally important that we recognise the contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces and society, and that they get the support they need.

Our team here recognise only too well the challenges that face ‘informal’ carers which is why we aim to do our bit to help. Sabina Kelly, our community matron, makes it her mission to support residents and their families as they face the difficult decision to move into a nursing home or take up the option of respite care. She holds a fortnightly forum so that carers can have some of their many questions answered, including the financial costs and what help and/or benefits are available.

For more information and the date for the next session email enquiries@chiswicknursingcentre.co.uk

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