UK Carers

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

It's Not Easy Being a Young Carer but What's the Alternative?

Nicky Goulder | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nicky Goulder

Young carers already face barriers in accessing support: not seeking help for fear of family breakup is a common occurrence. No one should be made to feel ashamed to be a young carer, just as an unwell or disabled family member should never be made to feel guilty about their condition.

Carers Are Hidden Heroes

Naomi Barrow | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

My Dad is a carer - he cares for Mum. We're lucky in that Mum is relatively independent at the moment, she can do most things herself... Carers are incredible, they really are. They are hidden, hardworking and humble. Please try and notice them this week. Please reach out to them. If anyone deserves an hour of your time, it's them.

Every Generation's Responsibility - Meeting the Care Needs of London's Older People

Ivan Massow | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

The generations that came before us endured so much that we may enjoy a London full of freedom, culture and history. We as a City, together, owe it to them to work hard, to constantly find ways to effectively care for each generation as it grows older.

How 'Admiral Joe' Could Transform Dementia Support

Beth Britton | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK
Beth Britton

Admiral Nurses are to dementia what Macmillan nurses are to cancer: specialists in their field, and an invaluable resource to families. Furthermore, in the desperate need to provide more integrated services for families affected by dementia,

What Makes a Hard Working Family?

Helena Herklots | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Helena Herklots

Throughout the election campaign we have heard a lot about 'hard working people' and 'hard working families'. But who are the hard working people of whom politicians speak?

What I Learnt Caring for My Partner With Cancer

Juliet Bouverie | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK
Juliet Bouverie

Ten years later, what are my reflections on my experience as a carer? First, I never saw myself as a carer. The word 'carer' implies forced responsibilities. I was simply and overwhelmingly John's girlfriend who only wanted the best for him. We had wonderful times together - cancer isn't all bad - and his illness only made us appreciate each other even more.

The Mentality of Mental Health

Iona Shanks | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Iona Shanks

Mental health affects millions of people all over the world and whether you're caring for somebody who suffers from a mental health condition or you feel you may be suffering from a mental health issue yourself, one thing that is important is finding information that will help you to understand these conditions in more detail because knowledge is power.

Selfless Carers Are the Unsung Heroes of Our Health and Care System

Paul Burstow | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

Most of us say we would do anything for our loved ones. And we mean it - we all know instinctively how precious our relationships are and how much they contribute to a life well lived. But when family and friends start to need more and more help to maintain their quality of life, the reality of doing anything, and providing support day in, day out, can take a very heavy toll.

Visiting Care Homes: The Forgotten Duty

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Visiting a care home taught us many lessons. As soon as we arrived, we were struck by their smiles and happiness. Their eyes lighted up and their faces broke out into smiles. It was easy to see what a difference it made for their moods and state of minds.

Why Young Carers Desperately Need More Support

PA | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Young carers need to be given more support in school and college to help them fulfil their potential, according to a teachers' union. Around half (...

Do Family Carers Really Save the Government Money?

Simon Stevens | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

While a family member may feel they are looking after someone 24 hours a day, the reality is many activities of so-called care are a normal part of family life, like preparing meals, laundry and going shopping.

College Rejects Scottish Student... Because She's 'Not From The UK'

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A Scottish student has been left in shock after being rejected from an English college - because they said Scotland wasn't part of the UK. The 26-y...

Dementia and Shirley Bassey

Dawn Vance | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dawn Vance

My mum doesn't know who I am. Sadly, I don't mean that in a spiritual, angsty kind of way - she literally has no idea who I am. Sometimes I'm one of her sisters. Sometimes I'm a nurse. Sometimes I'm her dead mother. Once I was Shirley Bassey, which made for an interesting evening.

Caring for Carers

Meg Munn | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

For the 10,466 carers in my constituency getting the right support is crucial. Caring for an older or disabled relative or friend can take a serious toll on carers' mental and physical health, their relationships and family finances. Without support this can lead to carers being overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, and at worst this can bring about exhaustion, suffering a physical injury and needing care for themselves.

The Impending Crisis, Swept Under the Carpet

Paul M. Davies | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Paul M. Davies

At 19 years old I was hideously unprepared for the caring role thrust upon me. Yet, when my girlfriend's health deteriorated overnight, I willingly stepped up to meet the challenge. We're now married and I give my wife full-time, around the clock, care. Along with millions of other carers in the UK, the avoidable cost of caring has changed my life beyond recognition.

Identifying Carers Must be the NHS's Responsibility

Moira Fraser | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Moira Fraser

Six years on from the introduction of the carers strategy in England , we are making some progress. At two out of the three major UK party conferences this year, carers were mentioned from the platform as a key health manifesto priority.

The 'Cost' of Dementia

Beth Britton | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

I am always immensely uncomfortable when anyone tries to put a monetary value on dementia, purely because I know that there is so much more to calculating the 'cost' of dementia than could ever be accurately represented by the use of pound signs. The emotional, all-encompassing, life-changing (and life-shortening) effects of dementia reach far and wide into every family affected.

Time to Meet the Challenges of Our Ageing Society

Paul Burstow | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

We are living through one of the biggest changes in human history, not just in Britain, globally too: we are living longer.

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Clare Pelham | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Pelham

Amazingly, providing good housing with care will likely mean that we free hospital beds where so many people stay because there is nowhere safe or suitable for them to be discharged. And so save our wonderful NHS much-needed money.

Six Ways to Thrive as a Carer at University

Paul M. Davies | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Paul M. Davies

Studying for a degree as a carer was the biggest challenge of my life. I was pushed to my limits as I fought to juggle the two... If you're willing to fight for it, there's no reason why being a carer should exclude you from going to university.