How has Corona Virus impacted your caring role? For all of us, caring in lockdown has been ultra challenging. Alarming headlines about shielding, isolation and the tragic loss of loved ones before their time are chilling. If you have family care decisions to make right now, consider whether it’s best for you to personally shoulder more caring responsibilities at this time. Carers are still helping dearly loved family members move into care homes or maintaining home care. A neighbour, a friend and I share our experiences during the pandemic.Continue reading
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.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.
If you’d like a bit more company, you can also follow and/or chat with me (Maud) on Facebook or Twitter. Maud & Mum is also on Instagram if you’re interested in our daily life (it’s not like the Kardashians). Just search for @maudandmum. More than ever, we could all do with a bit more (virtual) company.
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?
Some carers work. Some carers work for an employer. And many carers either need to or want to keep working for their employer. Yet many carers (40% in the USA for example, World Dementia Report 2018) say they have no choice but to give up work. 1 in 6 even feel penalised for their caregiving duties. While governments wrestle with the social and fiscal consequences of our increased longevity, could businesses help?