UK Carers

Almost 1.5Million Carers in the UK But Over Half Have No Support

Lynda Thomas | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lynda Thomas

Our new figures show that not only have the numbers of carers increased by a third in the past five years but friends and family are spending around 17 hours a week looking after loved ones. Some carers are even spending 35 hours a week caring - the same as a full time job - and yet many won't have the pay packet to show for it.

Faith, Care and End of Life - Rubbing Along Together

Daniel Singleton | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

My Granddad's final words to me came after I had prayed with him, - I thought he wasn't really conscious but then my mum and I heard him say 'Thank you' - it was the same gruff thanks I remember whenever I gave him presents at Christmas time as a child. I have to confess it was a moment to shed and happy sad tear. He had been aware, had appreciated my small action, and was resting again.

Resolute, Steadfast, Proactive!

Fleur Missaghian | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fleur Missaghian

Being married to your Carer must be really annoying. But, I never give up on my husband, I believe in his capacity to progress and develop, even if there are times when he doesn't believe in himself.

Care Is Anything But Menial Work, It's the Most Meaningful Work

Helen McEntire | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Helen McEntire

Working in homecare is an unloved, undervalued profession that people think is just about menial tasks, new research has revealed. It rocks me to the...

The Care Act for Carers - what difference has a year made?

Moira Fraser | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Politics
Moira Fraser

A typical day, a typical conversation in any carer support organisation like those which are part of the Carers Trust network. Carer? Me? No no. But...

Bright New Day

Jane Cook | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Parents
Jane Cook

Like many young people with intrusive thoughts, Jemima was petrified. Suicide seemed like a way out and we had to be vigilant as she attempted to try and jump out of windows and end it all. We were told that there were no hospital beds in our local area, so we gave the best care we could and thankfully her condition stabilised. Crisis over.

Why Consistent Carers Are More Important Than Male Role Models For Boys

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Much is made of the importance of positive male role models for young men. This is particularly a source of concern when looking at vulnerable you...

One of My Clients Died Today

Helen McEntire | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Helen McEntire

On the day he died I went to see him. His wife and I stood either side of the bed holding hands over him and reminiscing about some of the holidays we'd had together. He took two breaths and then became very still. It was extremely peaceful. Somehow it wasn't sad... it was right for him to go.

Being My Parent's Parent: How to Be a Carer in Your Twenties

Gabrielle Taylor | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Gabrielle Taylor

What happens if you've started noticing little things your parents are less able to do or you have a similar 'moment' to mine? Or something terrible happens that thrusts you into being responsible for one or both of your parents, way too early?

Carers... The Forgotten People

Jude Coy | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Coy

We heard about so many amazing groups and individuals who day in day out work selflessly to help and support others. From charitable neighbours to societies that cook up a storm for the famished. I was bowled over by what I heard, saw and felt.

Googling 'Compassionate Conservatism' - No Results Found

Jess Phillips | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

Today I will stand in the commons, with my Labour colleagues and do our job of reminding the other side to be nice. I will tell the story of lives saved in refuge and the lives lost without it. I will remind them that we don't all have a summer house in Cannes we can retreat to when hubby is being frightful. Nor can we just get a girl in to help if Mother can't get about anymore. Most of us don't have a private workforce to turn to when we are scared, or frail, ill or can't cope.

Do Carers Really Know Best?

Simon Stevens | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK
Simon Stevens

I am on a mission to decare our nation and reclaim families as families. What I mean by this is that the carer rhetoric has destroyed families, where power dimensions have been perverted. What we need to do is to focus on family cohesion, ensuring a family can remain a interdependent unit.

How Being a Carer Has Changed My Life

Jude Coy | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Coy

Cancer, illness, disease. It does change everything but when you finally stop and accept what is happening to your family, you can't help but reassess your priorities. Nothing else in life really matters in the face of something so huge. It's the patient who matters. It's the patient's family who matter. It's you who is important.

Should Free Time Be a Right?

Nicky Goulder | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicky Goulder

These people can be of any age, ethnicity or gender. They always put someone else's needs and welfare before their own, often without recognition or praise. Many have little chance to socialise, which can lead to isolation; and they have an overwhelming sense of responsibility. Who am I talking about? The UK's 'hidden workforce' of unpaid carers.

Prevent, Reduce, Delay: Are Councils Meeting Their New Duties to Support Unpaid Carers?

Moira Fraser | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Politics
Moira Fraser

Imagine you're an unpaid carer. You look after a family member. You cook for them, clean their house, do the washing, and look after the finances. Done all that? Now repeat - only for yourself. In between those tasks you go out to work to pay the bills, make sure your children are ferried to and from school, and, occasionally, catch some shut eye.

Why You Shouldn't Give Up on Someone With Mental Health Problems

Habiba Khanom | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

If you are a friend or a loved one of someone with a mental health condition, you would know that it is not easy. You may have tried many times to help them but you seem to be failing each time. As worried as you are for them, you feel frustrated and hopeless. You may feel you cannot deal with them. So you give up and attempt to cut all ties and leave them. If you are friend or a loved one with a mental health condition reading this now, please do not give up on them.

Too Busy for a Break

Iona Shanks | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Iona Shanks

We live in a fast paced world and it seems there is really no other lane in life to live than the fast lane. That saying comes to mind "if you're not fast you're last" when I think about how quickly everything is done today, technology really is a blessing and a curse.

Tube Strikes and Dairy Deals - Solidarity or Subsidy?

Dave Clements | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

The travelling public should not grumble about the temporary inconvenience of longer journeys to and from work. Shake them by the hand. By defending their own interests and striving for more for themselves, they are standing up for us all. Good on 'em I say!

Ignorance Is Far From Bliss

Iona Shanks | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Iona Shanks

Many charities not just in the UK, but all over the world would suffer if not for awareness campaigns. Every year there are weeks and months dedicated to raising awareness for illnesses, diseases and charitable organisations...

Don't Cheat Generations Out of Early Dementia Diagnosis

Helen McEntire | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
Helen McEntire

Having an early diagnosis gives a person a modicum of control to plan and make informed decisions while they are able to. What's the alternative? Skipping those chapters of choice and jumping straight to the deepest part of the condition. That's cheating future generations out of quality dementia care.

It's Time to Change the Perceptions of Care

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

It's a pivotal time for the care sector. As people live longer and require more support to live life to the full in old age, the shortfall in carers is expected to reach 718,000 by 2025. We need to rise to the challenges of our ageing population, but in order to do so, we need to challenge the frankly tired and out-dated perceptions of care.

Abandoned, Without a Voice

Angela Harman | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Parents
Angela Harman

I have three children, all of whom have a disability. I would not change my children for the world, but I think there is significant change needed to the system of support to make it easier for parents like me to cope and ensure that they get the right care in the future.

Let's Translate Carers' Stories Into Meaningful Action to Improve Lives

Carys Roberts | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Politics
Carys Roberts

Amongst the numbers, economic measures of contribution and technical policy analysis sometimes the stories and reasons behind policy can get lost. Policymakers - both elected and civil - should make sure they talk to people at the sharp end and heart of our care system, so that decisions are based on a full understanding of the realities for carers and their families.

If You're in the Carer's Chair You Must Get the Respite Right

Ben Moore | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
Ben Moore

You can rarely rely on time to deliver you events conveniently, can you? It's carers week this week so it would have been really useful if I could have blogged about the hospital appointment I have to go to with my wife and the amount of time we have had to wait for it...

Lucy Sherriff

This 24-Year-Old Full-Time Carer May Be Britain's Most Devoted Husband | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Caring for a partner is something you don't envisage doing until later life, but for Paul Davies it's a lifestyle he has had to learn to cope with at ...