Carers Week 7-13 June 2021

Published: 11/06/2021

Bluebird Care is supporting Carers Week 2021

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

Alison has kindly agreed to share her story. 

My Dad used to hold my hand, now I have to hold his.

Caring for Dad is a 24/7 job as he is unable to do anything for himself. I dress him, wash him, commode him, feed him, the list goes on. Dad also has dementia, some days are better than others. At times I feel an overwhelming fear with the responsibility I have taken on and think, I have no one to look after me, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’m not going to say it’s always easy, especially when I feel tired or not 100 per cent myself. The thing that helps me most is knowing someone cares. That one person who asks me, ‘HOW I AM’, and who understands the commitment I have in Dad’s wellbeing, makes all the difference.

Unpaid carers are so overlooked, yet play such a very big part within the social system

I love my Dad and the times the old sparkle comes back in his eyes, especially as he recounts his boyhood tales, makes it all worth it

Alison Morse - My Dads Unpaid Carer - With love

Information for Carers

Caring can be hugely rewarding but it can also have an impact on all aspects of your life. Having the right information and support for you and those you care for can make all the difference.

You can find out you about local support groups and services available in your area by contacting your your local council or Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland. They can also tell you what rights you have. For example, by arranging a carer’s assessment, you can explore what your needs are and what different types of support are available, from emotional assistance to practical help – such as support with care workers in the home.

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