Rewarding the essential work of carers

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19th January 2016
disabled guest in wheelchair and carer at Jubilee Lodge during Youth Week

Carers are amazing people. They selflessly put the needs of the person they look after ahead of their own. Sadly, they don’t get the recognition they deserve. But there is something you can do to help – nominate a carer for the National Accident Helpline’s British Caregiver Award. The deadline for entries has been pushed back to 18 February, so there’s still time to make a nomination.

There are 6.5 million carers in the UK doing an essential job. This means that one in every eight people is an unpaid carer. If you are not a carer already, one day you might very well find yourself in a caring role.

Imagine if you were working, 365 days a year, without a break, without a day off. Imagine the effect this would have on your mental and physical health. Imagine waking up feeling unwell. There’s no option to call in sick, you just have to get out of bed and carry on with your caring duties. That’s the reality for many carers, and that’s why respite is so important. A recent Carers UK survey found that three quarters of unpaid carers have reached breaking point due to the pressures of looking after someone. Half of those said taking a break helped.

Unfortunately, our research has found almost a third of carers have not had any significant time off since they started caring. That’s why we’re providing a respite holiday at one of our centres to the deserving British Caregiver Award winner. Respite breaks give carers a chance to enjoy some much-needed time to themselves and help sustain a healthy relationship with the loved ones or friends they look after.

So if you know an inspirational carer who spends their days selflessly looking after a loved one or friend, please nominate them and help them get the recognition – and respite – they deserve by clicking here.

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