This week we are focusing on the unpaid carers who are looking after a husband, wife, friend or family member with dementia.
Carers Week recognised the need of all carers who are supporting a loved one who is seriously ill, has a disability, a progressive illness such as dementia or is frail and elderly. Events are happening across the country to draw attention to the importance of caring and how much the country relies on unpaid carers. Making sure they get the right information, support at work and access to wellbeing, while they are caring, is vitally important.
Our dementia hubs this week will help them remain connected to their community, find support in the community, not just for the person they are caring for, but also for themselves.
New figures released this week show that loneliness is seven times higher in unpaid carers than in the general public. They don’t have enough time or money to join in leisure activities, and a third are likely to feel their lives are not worthwhile despite their incredible contribution to society. Here is a link to Carers UK help and advice pages where you can also download information on Attendance Allowance and a raft of benefits.
Visit our Services and Support page to find local services and our Carers page for specific carers support.