Jun 30, 2017
Birchwood has launched A helping hand, a guide packed with practical and emotional advice and support, after surveying 1,000 people who care for, or have responsibility for, someone over the age of 55.
The easy-to-follow guide has been designed to support those who care, and pools the expertise of Care UK’s care colleagues and fellow carers.
The study found that 66 per cent of carers in the South East said they never or don’t often ask for help with caring responsibility. A further 43 per cent admitted that they weren’t aware that there was government support available.
The guide provides information on the rights of carers and the help they are entitled to, as well as offering ways for them to continue delivering great care for their loved one while keeping themselves happy and healthy. Carers are also offered information on what to consider and how to proceed should they wish to explore respite or permanent residential care for their loved one.
Cliff Hutchings, home manager at Birchwood, said: “Caring for someone can be incredibly rewarding, though it can also be physically and emotionally demanding. We want to remind people that if they’re caring for an older relative or friend, it’s important to remember that they may feel isolated or overwhelmed at times - but this is natural, and they are not alone.
The study also revealed that 36 per cent of respondents in the South East admitted that they neglect their own wellbeing due to time being taken up by caring responsibilities. A further 28 per cent also said that they neglect their relationship with their partner, and 13 per cent even added their relationship with their children was negatively impacted.
Cliff continued: “Though they often feel overwhelmed, many people don’t think of themselves as carers, and don’t recognise that care takes a variety of forms: from helping someone to get well after an operation, to popping in to have a chat with someone each day – this all constitutes caring, and the responsibilities can mount up.
“To pick up your free copy of A helping hand, pop in to Birchwood, or download the guide at careuk.com/helpinghand. Our doors are always open, and our trained team is on hand to talk to people who care about the support available to them, as well as the different options for respite or permanent care for their loved one.”
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