Carers

Caring for Elderly Relatives

Susan Eskinazi | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Susan Eskinazi

Caring for elderly relatives is not easy, but don't forget that it's a generous and fulfilling thing to do. Your loved one may not be able to express it but they'll undoubtedly be grateful to have someone who is willing to care for them in their vulnerable years.

Help, Don't Judge - An Alternative Budget

Jenny A Allen | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jenny A Allen

What might be better than a marriage tax allowance? For a start, what about increased access to relationship counselling? Something which might actually help save a struggling relationship. Unlike the proposed marriage tax break which even David Cameron acknowledges won't stop anyone from getting a divorce.

The Care Bill for Carers - The Job's Not Done

Moira Fraser | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Moira Fraser

The Care Bill aims to put carers on an equal legal footing to those they care for. This is great news for carers. Now that the stages in Parliament are all but over, we start to look at what this all means in practice. Developing the right regulations is a complex job but vital if we want the new law to mean real change for carers.

Nick Clegg's Mental Health Priorities Need to Make Carers Count Too

Moira Fraser | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK
Moira Fraser

Given that we all know how stressful it can be to support someone experiencing a mental health problem, but how crucial it is, why does the NHS still have a mental block when it comes to supporting carers?

Where Are All the Caring Men?

Nick Clements | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

It has been argued, men don't feel they are good at such sensitive jobs, they feel they lack the necessary skills and caring work has traditionally been the female domain, and has become highly feminised, often men say they are intimidated by the environments...

Working Later Must Include Support for Caring

Chris Ball | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Chris Ball

We will be looking for policies for working carers as well as decent standards in the design of work, lifelong learning / job training, flexible working, and benefits which generally support the health and financial security of employees.

Encouraging 'Young Carers' Is Unacceptable

Simon Stevens | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

When I hear that the government is advising schools to be sensitive to the needs of 'young carers' and give them the time off from their education so they can look after mum, I just want to scream. I strongly believe parents have a responsibility to be parents regardless of how incapacitated they are.

Walking Can Help Cut The Risk Of A Stroke

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Older men can help prevent the risk of a stroke by long walks, research suggests. Scientists found that walking at least one to two hours a day was...

Fifteen Minute Care Sessions Are an Insult, Why Our Elderly Deserve Better

Hannah Gal | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

Just as it is cruel to deprive the elderly of food or medication, it is cruel to accept the current state of social isolation. We could ask why these lonely people's families are not more involved or go down the Chinese government route of 'forcing' people to visit their elderly parents but the reality is that people are naturally occupied with making a living and raising their own young.  

Pushing for More Support for Dementia Carers

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

Caring for a loved one with dementia is not easy. I've had countless interaction and conversations with carers over the years. At times, it can be challenging, tiring and upsetting. They carry out difficult and demanding roles, often with minimal training or preparation.

What is a Personal Assistant?

Simon Stevens | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I would define a personal assistant as someone independent directly employed by a person who is capable of directing them and requires care and/or support tasks to be performed...The person has to be employed rather than self-employed, which has been a bone of contention between myself and the government who believes it does not matter how people are employed.

Would You Break the Silence in a Hushed and Crowded Train Compartment?

Clare Pelham | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Politics
Clare Pelham

As part of our #MakeCareFair campaign to end 15 minute care, we have conducted a confidential survey with care workers up and down the country. They have told us it is impossible to carry out everyday tasks such as feeding, bathing and supporting someone to get dressed with any decency or consideration in this short time slot.

The Carer's Lifeline

Rita Pal | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK
Rita Pal

Carers' Week runs from 10 -19 June 2013. This UK-wide annual awareness campaign is aimed at improving the lives of the country's 6.5million carers [700,000 are young carers].

Were we all better off in the 1980s?

Peter O'Donnell | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK
Peter O'Donnell

We've looked at today's workforce and compared it to the 1980s. The modern day workforce is older, more feminised and includes more disabled workers than it did in Thatcher's Britain. But employee benefits haven't evolved to reflect these changes at all, leaving today's workers financially exposed.

Carer's Week 2013: Stress Reduction for Those "Prepared to Care"

Tony Lobl | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Stress is not a new concept, but we live in an age which is constantly creating fresh varieties of angst to add to our mental in-tray. Caring doesn't sound like it should be one of those in-tray items. But when we become 'carers' and the demands are persistent, even relentless, then the challenges mount.

Prepared to Care?

Helena Herklots | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Helena Herklots

Carers Week is a time to celebrate all that carers do, and look at what each part of society can contribute to improving their lives. But a clear message must also go to Government and local councils to invest in support for carers. Cutting support to families who care is short-sighted

Life as a Student Carer

Paul M. Davies | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Paul M. Davies

Student carers occupy a blind spot in welfare services. If you're in full time education, you can't access carer's allowance, even if, like me, you provide over 50 hours of care a week. This is why I have to work part time on top of my other responsibilities.

Join the Dementia Conversation

Beth Britton | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Having a conversation may not seem like a luxury, but there is a point when it can become too late to talk, and you just never know if or when that point may come. I would hazard a guess that the vast majority never had a full and frank discussion with their loved ones about dementia, their wishes for care and their future planning.

The Number of Young Carers in England Overall Rises by a Fifth

Matthew Reed | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

Today we found out that for many thousands of children in England, everyday life isn't just a matter of going to school and playing with friends, but involves providing regular care for an ill or disabled parent, grandparent or sibling.

Blind Woman Told She Can't Fly Unless Accompanied By Carer

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.05.2013 | UK

A blind woman who was due to go on holiday to Majorca has spoken of her disappointment after being told by a travel company that she cannot fly unless...

Isolation - The Greatest Barrier to Health and Happiness?

Beth Britton | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

When we think about our wellbeing, we think of avoiding major diseases, being financially comfortable, enjoying our daily lives and achieving our goals. Often we never stop to consider those invisible yet vital qualities of support, understanding and love that are provided by the people we keep close to us.

As a Society We Owe More to the Grandparents, Siblings and Other Relatives That Take on the Care of Vulnerable Children

Gerri McAndrew | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK
Gerri McAndrew

Informal kinship carers have to date been a largely 'hidden population' who take on a huge burden from the state in providing care, often at very little notice, for children who would otherwise end up in the care system. I know, after a career spent in delivering services to children and their carers.

The Single Life and the Value of the Personal Mastermind Group

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK
Martina Keens-Betts

I recently attended a government-related healthcare function where I was confronted with an award-winning company owner who boasted that he'd been abl...

Carers Often Can't Spare Their 'Spare' Bedroom

Helena Herklots | Posted 17.05.2013 | UK Politics
Helena Herklots

Disabled people may be unable to share a room with their husband, wife or partner, simply because their disability causes pain and discomfort which means neither of them can sleep properly. They might be unable to share a room if assistive equipment disrupts sleep.

Will the New 'Personal Independence Payment' Actually Deprive Disabled People of Their Independence?

Rob Atkinson | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Politics
Rob Atkinson

The feeling out there right now appears to be one of near panic, with a hideous sense of insecurity over what plans are being drawn up to dump the chronically sick and disabled on the scrapheap of dependence upon others, in the name, ostensibly, of prudent public spending.