North Yorkshire Care at Home Company Supports Carers Week

Monday, 25th June 2012

Published 25 June 2012.

Carers Week took place from 18-24 June 2012 and is aimed at celebrating the work of a large population of people in the UK who care for an elderly relative, a sick friend or a disabled family member. The annual event is a partnership of eight national charities and is supported by organisations across the country all seeking to improve awareness of the hugely important role of carers.

Approximately 6 million people are unpaid carers in the UK today – equivalent to 10% of the population. There are 1.9 million people caring for more than 20 hours per week and 1.25 million carers for more than 50 hours per week. As a result, many people are being forced to juggle paid work with unpaid caring responsibilities and 1 in 6 people now give up work to care for a relative or friend.

In the run up to this year’s Carers Week the partnership of charities undertook an online survey which demonstrated the pressures people face when caring for a loved one, often at the detriment to their own health and well-being. The theme of this year’s event is therefore “In Sickness and in Health” with a focus on improving the health of carers by calling for more sustainable funding for care, ongoing support and breaks for carers and increased support from carers’ GPs.

The campaign often receives strong support from government and this year it has been announced that a scheme being backed by the Care Services Minister is one that encourages GPs to prescribe short holidays for those who spend much of their time as carers, with councils organising services for the elderly during such breaks. Carers are also expected to receive better legal rights ensuring that their role is truly recognised.

As a provider of home care services to elderly people in North Yorkshire, Carefound very much supports the celebration of the efforts of carers in the UK and believes that offering them better help will be vital to ensuring the welfare of elderly people in the future.

About Carefound:

Carefound is a provider of specialist home care and dementia care services to elderly people in North Yorkshire, enabling clients to continue to live independently in the comfort of their own home whilst maintaining the highest quality of life achievable. Services provided include basic help in the home,companionship, personal care, medication help, post-operative rehabilitation, respite care and specialist help such as dementia care and palliative care. The flexible service ranges from 1 hour to 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, including bank holidays, and can also encompass 24-hour live in care services.

Source: Carefound, Carers Week.