This week is national Carers Week – a week dedicated to raising awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. In the UK today there are 6.5 million people currently caring for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, and 6,000 people becoming carers every day.
Whether we’re caring for children, grandchildren, parents or grandparents, all of us will have our lives touched by caring at some point. Often, we don’t identify ourselves as carers and may feel we are just doing what everyone else would do. We’re also more frequently balancing caring with additional responsibilities at home and at work – a juggling act within itself!
Carers Week is organised by Age UK and the focus this year remains on building Carer Friendly Communities which support carers to look after their loved ones, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own. These communities can be our communities at home and at work, and at Bright Horizons it’s our mission to provide solutions which help children, families and employers to be at their very best.
Whether you’re a carer yourself or if you know someone who is caring, we have lots of resources available for you to watch or read at your convenience, including Top Tips for Working Carers, Paying for Care and Caring and Family Friction.
Blogs and Videos
Top Tips for Working Carers
In the UK, 6.5 million people are registered as carers or currently have caring responsibilities for a dependant. As the number continues to increase, we’ve shared some helpful tips to support you in creating a successful caring, work and life balance.
Paying for Care: Everything you need to know and more!
Are you starting to have the conversation about care homes, or has the subject of home adaptations recently cropped up? Paying for care services can cause huge anxiety, not least because there are so many myths about the cost of adult care in the UK. Whether it be in relation to which benefits you and your family are entitled to or simply how to go about getting started, it certainly isn't as easy as it should be.
Caring and Family Friction
Do you look after or help support a parent or grandparent? Do you ever find while this brings your family closer together, it can also create difficult situations between family members when it comes to deciding what is best for their health and welfare? Our guest speaker Lorna Easterbrook will discuss some common experiences, the issues you may face as a result and what and who might help. This practical session will cover:
• How to deal with this very complex and emotional area of life
• What steps you can take when being challenged by family members
• Difficult decisions you may face and how to overcome these
Parenthood, Resilience and Happiness
Parenthood can be one of life's greatest pleasures - and greatest challenges - particularly if you are a working parent. In this one hour session, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, business consultant, physiologist and triathlete and mother, will discuss insights that may help you discover effective and pleasurable solutions to both working and being a parent.
There’s also lots of helpful advice at your fingertips through the Carers Week website, including the information and support available to you.
Happy Carers Week!