UK Carers

Suicide And Carers: Caring For The One You Love Is A Privilege And A Joy, But It Can Push You To The Point Of Crisis

Joy Hibbins | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK
Joy Hibbins

Having been a carer, and having experienced such a deterioration of my own mental health, I can say without reservation that it was not the caring role which made me so ill. It was that I did it without support. I had no idea that continuing to care alone would have had such an effect on my health. Like the man who died, I had had no serious mental illness previously.

Women Over 50 Spend Nearly Six Years Of Later Life As Unpaid Carers

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Politics

Women over 50 can expect to spend nearly six years of their later life caring for a friend or relative, new figures show. The Office for National Sta...

Giving M.E. A Place In The World

Sonya Chowdhury | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Parents
Sonya Chowdhury

everybody banner My son Danny has given up. He finds it too hard and hates being seen as 'different' because he is not in school full-time, often attending for part of a day. You can imagine how broken-hearted I was to hear my little boy, aged just 11, say to me, "I don't feel my life is worth living. I don't have a place in the world anymore."

How These Sisters' Lives Changed Dramatically When They Became Carers For Their Mum

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Parents

The priorities of most pre-teen girls include navigating friendships, dealing with homework and trying their best to avoid chores. But for Leonie, ni...

10 Things You Should Do When A Loved One Is Diagnosed With Motor Neurone Disease

Susan Graham | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Graham

Jaspal lived with the disease for 10 years. I was one of her carers for this time and through my experience supporting Jaspal, I have compiled a list of 10 things you should do when a loved ones tells you they have been diagnosed with MND.

Five Tips For National Carers Week

Alison Murdoch | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Alison Murdoch

"Whenever possible be kind. It is always possible," says The Dalai Lama. When life is at its most unfamiliar, depressing or frightening for your family and friends, please don't back away - it's when they need you most.

Building Emotional And Mental Resilience In Young Carers

Katie Woodland | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK
Katie Woodland

Did you know that there's 6.5 million carers across the UK (Carers Week, 2017), of which 700,000 of those are young?

My Bionic Woman

Lucy O'Brien | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy O'Brien

I'm a 29-year-old mental health nursing student from the University of South Wales, and I've been the sole carer for my mother, who has terminal cancer and is now receiving palliative care at home.

Tory Care Pledge Needs To Be Replaced With Tax Funded Reform

Stephen Burke | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Of all the Tory manifesto pledges that are likely to be junked by the new government, the 'dementia tax' pledge on funding care will get some of the biggest cheers.

The Next Government Must Resolve The Crisis That Is Engulfing Social Care, Once And For All

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Abrahams

In the run-up to the General Election we are calling on all of the political parties to finally defy history, put the needs of our 'oldest old' at the heart of their plans for government, and commit to resolving the crisis that is engulfing social care, once and for all.

Giving Employees Time Off To 'Care' Is Right - And Brave

Ben Black | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ben Black

The serious illness of a family member isn't something you can always plan around. Sometimes you don't get any notice. This unpaid time off will allow individuals the time and space they need to find long term solutions or simply give back to a family member in need.

Who Cares For The Carers?

Mark Prisk | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Prisk

When the Government publishes its plans in adult social care later this year, it is vital it addresses the needs not just of those being cared for, but also of those who willingly but selflessly care for others. Just as they care for their nearest and dearest, we have a duty to care for them.

Ten Reminders Why Dilnot's Cap On Care Costs Won't Solve Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Back in 2010 the coalition government asked Andrew Dilnot to lead a commission on care funding. He duly reported in 2011 with his proposals including a cap on the cost of care. The government - rightly in my opinion - then in 2015 decided not to implement the cap, set at £72,000, and 'postponed' its implementation until 2020.

Autism: Don't Force Me Into Your World Before You've Experienced Mine

Jodie Eaton | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jodie Eaton

Early intervention doesn't have to mean thousands of pounds forked out by the NHS or the LA for access to specialist treatment. It doesn't necessarily mean that the child has to have XYZ therapy to be able to access life, as we know it. Although that would be fabulous wouldn't it!

So You're Supporting An Abuse Survivor

Ben Moore | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Ben Moore

I think it was fifteen years ago when my wife first told me she had been abused as a child. I was 21 and I had no idea what to do.

As An Unpaid Carer For My Disabled Husband, I Fear ‘Just Managing' Is A Cliff Edge From Poverty

Lynn Williams | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK
Lynn Williams

For the sake of the many families I know, I hope that this crucial and heart-breaking report from JRF shocks politicians into action. No government - national or local - can claim the moral or policy high ground. Inaction is not an option - yet for those families struggling with the costs described above, hope is in short supply.

So My Job Doesn't Feel Like A Job Really. It's An Extension Of Me. It Fits Me

Helen McEntire | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK
Helen McEntire

Time. It's the most important part of my role as a caregiver for older people. I couldn't love my job as much as I do without having enough time to ca...

Under Pressure: New Research Sheds Light On The Relationships Of UK Parents Who Have A Child With A Learning Disability

Dr David Marjoribanks | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Parents
Dr David Marjoribanks

Learning disability is often a little-understood entity, and scarce research has examined the experiences of parents who have a child with a learning disability in terms of their relationships and the pressures they face.

Young Carers Deserve Our Attention And Help

Anne Longfield | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Anne Longfield

We need to offer young carers more across the country. We have long known of the heavy toll being a carer takes on children, something backed up by research published recently to mark Young Carers Awareness Day.

Why Social Care Needs To Be Part Of The New, Modern Industrial Strategy

Helena Herklots | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Helena Herklots

The Government launched its new draft Industrial Strategy this week and, at first sight, it might seem strange to suggest that social care should be part of it. Where does social care fit in a strategy that talks about aerospace, oil and gas, engineering, transport and the like? But both as an industry itself, and as a vital part of the nation's infrastructure, social care should be there.

Should Council Tax Hikes Or National Taxation Fund Better Care?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

A new vision has to win popular support. Universality is key to ensuring buy-in from the whole population and to tackling the unpopular and fragmented local variations that currently exist. Universality is also critical to raising the status of care and caring, and the value placed on care.

Wish List - By Katherine Soper

Chris Ball | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Chris Ball

Hot on the heels of Ken Loach's successful film, I Daniel Blake, depicting the ordeals of claimants wrestling with the UK's welfare to work system, co...

Technology, Dementia And Living Well

Beth Britton | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Tech
Beth Britton

tech for good The second reason I'm a fan is the many similarities between my motivation for my work and James' motivation for his. James' mum had younger onset dementia, and he gave up his career to care for her. His experiences with his mum have underpinned everything he's put into creating and now running Unforgettable.

Cash Won't Cure Care

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

Britain's social-care system has reached crisis point. The government has just announced plans for a 6% council tax hike to help cover the costs of an...

Knowing Your Rights As A Cancer Carer Can Make All The Difference

Lynda Thomas | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lynda Thomas

At Macmillan, we believe that carers shouldn't lose out for being the unsung heroes and the back-bone of care in our communities, so on this Carer's Rights Day, I'd like to ask cancer carers one question - do you know your rights?