Carers UK estimate that since the start of the pandemic, staggeringly, an additional 4.5 million people in the UK have become unpaid carers. In total, that’s 26% of the population. So while carers’ groups, respite and day centres are suspended, Carers Week 2020 offers extra help for carers. There are also new ways to campaign for the unpaid, family carers that support the formal care and healthcare services. Read on for a summary of what’s on this week, more at carersweek.org too.Continue reading
These unprecedented times call for special measures, from all of us individually and as a community. I’ve pulled together everything both corona virus and carer-relevant on a new page here. The situation is changing fast so for as long as I can, I’ll update the page daily rather than bombard you with too many posts or emails. You may want to ‘bookmark’ the page and check in every now and again.
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Like you, I’m scared but also determined to keep the corona virus out of my home. Good luck to you and your families, love
Pic from my daily walk, no one needs another corona virus image.
Covid-19 advice means I’ll need to self isolate if I get symptoms, so it’s time to write that carer emergency plan I’ve meaning to get around to. If, like me, you’d need to let other people know what to do if you were suddenly unable to care for your elder, read on. There’s a downloadable document you can use too, that saves you reinventing the wheel.Continue reading
What happens when caring responsibilities stop? There will certainly be grief from the loss of a loved one. Ex carers can also feel completely out of the loop, unsure where or even whether returning to work is an option, low in confidence. Carers UK asked fellow carers and I to test a new e-learning platform designed to support current and ex carers who want to return to work. It went live on Thursday, could it help you?
Marj had a fall at the end of last year and needed to go to hospital. It reminded me of the extra support we need to give elders at such a distressing time. Our loved ones need extra reassurance if they live with dementia too. Here are my tips…Continue reading
Temperatures will soar this week so we need to stay as cool as we can. Stay cool and hydrated with my tried and tested, essential tips…
Continence is one of the topics I’m most asked about, yet is often an incredibly sensitive subject to broach or prepare for. It’s an important topic. Continence confidence can boost health, self esteem and make life easier all round. Read on for how to broach this topic, free support and more practically, how to prepare a bathroom for all eventualities…
Sound dull? Hang on a minute… oral and dental health is critical to our wellbeing. All of us, especially those vulnerable to bacterial infections like pneumonia, must brush our teeth first thing in the morning, before breakfast. Spitting, not rinsing. Not what you were taught when you were little? Me neither. Read on to find out why…