National Carers Week is this week asking us to recognise those who care for others, including the unpaid carers who are simply looking after their loved ones. These unsung heroes of care are often caring with little or no support, juggling full time work or finding that they have to give up their career to care for a loved one full time.
As rewarding as it can be, being a full time carer can in some circumstances have a negative impact on the lives of the carer, either mentally or physically. They may no longer have time for themselves, their friends or other family members.
There are currently 6.5 million carers in Great Britain and a large number of these carers go unrecognised as they feel it is something they should do. This number is expected to rise significantly to 9 million by 2037 which means that even more pressure will be on our unsung heroes.
At Morris Care we understand that caring for someone can be very demanding and the opportunity for ‘time off’ is rare, but strongly believe it is very important for the carer’s own well-being. This is one of the reasons why we offer respite care – it gives the carer a chance to refresh and rejuvenate but also gives those in need or care time to meet new people and enjoy a change of scenery.
We believe that no-one can care for your loved ones quite like you can but in order to provide that care it is important to have some time out for yourself.
For more information about our respite care services, click here.