If you ‘look after’ someone, do you see yourself as a carer? If the answer is No, then reading the following may change your outlook – a carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, substance misuse issue, or who needs extra help as they grow older.
Did you know:
- There are around 6.5 million carers in the UK – that is one in ten people.
- Three in five people will be carers at some point in their lives in the UK.
- Out of the UK’s carers, 42% of carers are men and 58% are women.
- The economic value of the contribution made by carers in the UK is £132bn a year.
- 68% of young carers are bullied in schools.
- On average, young carers missed 48 school days because of their caring role.
- Many services are only funded to work with young carers up to the age of 18.
What is Carers Week?
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.
The focus for this Carers Week is to help and support carers to stay Healthy and Connected as the impact on caring for someone should never be under estimated. Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience, but sometimes carers find it challenging to take care of their own well-being whilst caring. So, this Carers Week is looking to share examples of good practice from supporters who have helped carers to stay Healthy and Connected.
To find out more, click here.
How Can I Help?
The team at Carers Week would like you to pledge your support for carers around the UK by recognising and celebrating the huge amount of work that carers do every day. Whether you are an individual, an organisation, a carer, someone from the within the health care profession or even a politician, click here to shout about your pledge.
The founder of MyLiferaft is Nicola Murgatroyd. Her daughter Faith had Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus so Nicola found herself in the role of a parent carer. Together they faced an uphill struggle managing Faith`s different care needs. Not one to sit around grumbling about this, Nicola created MyLiferaft for the benefit of everyone caring, or being cared for.
`My personal experiences gave me a first-hand insight into the problems and challenges faced by people who live with a long-term condition. I realised that gaps in shared information across health and social care existed. However, there are ways to make life easier for everyone whatever their circumstances, and that`s what we have created with MyLiferaft – a tool which helps you to let others know what you want`.
MyLiferaft Supporting Carers
MyLiferaft is a free resource which gives an individual and those who care for them one central online place where they can add, manage and share information about health, care and well-being. Using MyLiferaft reduces the need for repetition and explanation every time someone new comes in to the care circle, helps improve consistency and is truly centered around the person and their needs.
Try our Free Account now to discover the many ways in which MyLiferaft can help support you and those that care for you. If you are caring for someone you can set up and manage an account for them which allows both you and them to be fully involved i.e. filling in information together can be a great way to get a conversation going. Other benefits of MyLiferaft include:
- Telling others the best way to interact to reduce your levels of stress.
- Let others know how to support you, what you like and don’t like.
- Set some reminders so you worry less about forgetting appointments or taking medication.
- Try keeping track of your mood.
- Keep a record of what works well for you and what doesn’t.
- Set yourself some goals and track how you are getting on with achieving them.
- Share your goals with others so they can help you reach them.
- Taking medication? Set a reminder to take it and if you need help, taking it, ordering it, picking it up, let others know.
- Keep a record of meetings/consultations you have with professionals and write down what was discussed so you can refer back to it at any time or share it with others.
- Share information with others e.g. your doctor, family friends.
MyLiferaft are thrilled to be supporting Carers Week this year and are offering the first 100 carers that sign up for our Newsletter, a FREE Premium Account for a year. Visit our website and type the keyword CarersWeek into the message box & tick ‘Allow MyLiferaft to contact me’.
At MyLiferaft, we aim to give you everything you need in once place and this includes where to go for advice, information and support. Our extensive list of resources has a specific section for those that care for someone with links through to organisations such as the Carers Week, Carers UK and Carers Trust. There is also a full list of resources on a wide range of topics including Bullying, Going Back to School, Bereavement, Mental Health, Autism, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s & Dementia, Benefit information and various NHS information websites.
Click here to see our full list of Resources.