Carers Week is a national campaign to raise awareness of caring, one that celebrates the contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers to those they care for and their wider communities.
Given an ageing population and the greater prevalence of complex health conditions that comes with longevity, Carers UK, the charity behind the campaign, estimates that the number of carers will rise to 9 million by 2037 – all the more reason that we focus on caring for the carers!
Almost 1.3 million people over 65 are carers; at the same time we’re seeing increasing numbers of children and young adults taking on caring responsibilities.
A huge number of us will become carers at some point whether for a brief, intense period, permanently or just occasionally. Caring can be hugely satisfying and reveal strengths that people never thought they had. But without the right support it can also be devastating, sometimes leading to ill-health, poverty and social isolation.
The focus of Carers Week is on ‘Building Carer Friendly Communities‘ – places where local people and services support carers to look after their loved ones whilst recognising carers as individuals with needs of their own.
Brain injury and carers
Brain injured people often become dependent on family members who have had the role of carer thrust upon them without warning.
Some have the help of professionals, medical teams and care workers; some may be left virtually alone to get on with providing the care their loved one needs.
Without exception, becoming a carer for someone with a brain injury is a significant commitment that deserves recognition; as a network dedicated to the support of brain injured people and their families, Carers Week is a campaign that’s close to our hearts.
These case studies show what it means to be a carer.
- Sue cares for her husband Charles; he suffered extensive brain damage and was left severely disabled following a cycling accident.
Read Sue’s story here.
- Sandra* works full time whilst caring for her husband Andrew* who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident.
Read Sandra’s story here.
Carers Week takes place 12 – 18 June 2017. Sign up here to show your support.