The Importance of Carers Week
The Importance of Carers Week
With Carers Week taking place this month (11-17 June), we thought it was time to reiterate how important it is for carers everywhere to take care of themselves. It can be both physically and mentally exhausting to deliver a service of care to a loved one. Making sure that you are in the best of health and looking to reduce stress levels is the only way to carry on delivering care to the same high standards on a consistent basis.
What is Carers Week?
Every year Carers Week aims to raise awareness of caring. It looks to highlight issues facing carers, recognise the work and contribution that they make to families throughout the country and aims to help put in place a framework of support that helps carers from all walks of life to come together and be proactive with mental and physical health for the long-term wellbeing of both themselves and those they care for.
There are many activities and events organised for the week right across the UK in support of the 6.5 million carers who look after a friend, child, partner or parent without any pay. Carers help people with illnesses, mental health problems, people with disabilities, or older people who require help with day-to-day tasks. Although it is a highly rewarding, caring for someone can have an impact on the health and wellbeing of the carer. It is hugely challenging and it is important to understand your own body and mind, putting in place good standards of practice that ensures you stay well.
Staying Healthy and Connected
The main objective of Carers Week 2018 is to help carers to stay healthy and connected. Carers need to eat well, maintain a certain level of physical fitness, but also be able to take breaks in order to recharge mentally and physically. Whether this is just for a few hours a week, or longer breaks of a week or more, it is vital to all concerned, including those being cared for. A carer has to have a life of his or her own in order to stay switched on and fully prepared at all times. Without this, relationships can break down, health can deteriorate and the person being cared for can suffer as a result over a longer period of time.
Carers Week aims to help carers stay connected with communities, pushing initiatives that include; carer friendly policies within employment, annual health checks for carers through local GPs, leisure centre and gym deals for carers and a range of other community endeavours to suit carers and help prevent loneliness, isolation and health deterioration.
If you are a carer and you are looking for ways in which you can take a break, Delta Care can help. We offer a wide range of care services, support and rehabilitation. We can look after your loved one so you can recharge your batteries and return fully refreshed to care for them after a short break. We have Charlotte House where your loved one can visit during the day or offer in home care packages to take some of the pressure off you.
For more information about the Delta Care services and Carers Week, contact our team on 01772 559 933 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange a consultation at a time and date that suits you.
6th June, 2018