Most of us who are in need of Medical treatment seek medical intervention. We go to a place of medical provision, either private or public, and once there we assume that the providers of such services are fully paid in recognition of the services that they provide
Even if that assumption is incorrect, as regards reimbursement of services we at lest hope that such operatives are rewarded with sufficient returns so that they might live their lives to the full
Yet what of the vast unpaid army that underpins any such health service, what of the unpaid carer or care giver who sometimes, on a a voluntary basis , gives up everything they own so as to care for a a loved one.
Who cares for them, who reimburses them for their services, and who ensures that they can live their lives to the full?
I’m not too sure of how high a profile is given to such unpaid carers outside of the U.K, and I’d be very interested to know of what goes on elsewhere, but I was interested to read a report on the BBC News Panorama report regarding care workers receiving less than the minimum wage. Numerous examples were given of maltreatment, and a very good case was made for such unfair treatment to be resolved, but no mention was made of the unpaid carer., and of the role they have within the wider community.
To begin with, why do they deserve our help, sympathy and consideration, well look at the points below the following information is sourced from carersuk., a uk support site for unpaid and professional carers
- there are 6.5 million carers in the uk, that’s 1:8 of the population
- Unpaid care saves the state £119 Billion pounds a year
- 45% of carers have given up work to care for someone
- 65% of carers suffer from depression because of the work they do, and
- 49% of carers have constant worries regarding making ends meet
yet unpaid carers face even greater problems for they do not have the training or the income that their professional colleagues receive, and how many of us can imagine caring for a loved one who, through diseases like dementia or Alzheimer’s, has become a total stranger within the carer or home?
In light of this I will be creating a table within the special project section dealing with the Blues . It will be a table of links to various support services in various countries which carers can access and hopefully use to the full. Is it a complete list, certainly not, or not at the moment anyway, so if anyone wishes a group or service to be included please let me know, and the table will be adjusted. This may take time though, so please be patient as this list grows
In the meantime spare a thought for the carers you see about you, and whether you are in their care or just a good neighbour, try and help them if you can
In the meantime you may be interested in the video’s below