Carers Rights Day 2019 !
Today the 21st November is Carers Rights Day with the theme of looking to the future, something that carers rarely do as they often are planning each day as it comes!
What is Carers Rights Day you ask?
Carers Rights Day was an awareness day set up by Carers UK to bring all the carers organizations across the UK together to help carers in their local community.
Taken from their website, the Aims of the day are to;
"ensure carers are aware of their rights"
"let carers know where to get help and support"
"raise awareness of the needs of carers"
Every day 6,000 people in the United Kingdom become carers, something few have been able to plan for. From the start, they may find themselves needing to talk to health and social care providers; to negotiate with their employers on how to juggle work with caring; to deal with the intricacies of the benefits system or to consider how to fund future care costs.
We have to juggle all of this whilst we come to terms with the fact that we now have a new caring role. Which is no surprise why we are often anxious and stressed and most often that now overloaded with information as each day can present new challenges, new appointments and new professional to get to know.
As part of Carers Rights Day, each year carers UK release an update to date Guide to caring. This guide outlines everything from what benefits carers are entitled too, how to look after your own mental well being and even all the way through to how, as a carer, you can be assertive with professionals if you support the loved one you care for during medical appointments.
Before I go, I just wanted to leave you with something to think about. This is a statement I found on the carers network website whilst researching into Carers Rights day:
“Carers are an often-overlooked group. They make enormous sacrifices, often putting their own life and well being on hold to support their loved one. Such selfless dedication can take a toll on their physical & mental health and finances. It is thought that over 6,000 people in the United Kingdom become carers for a family member, friend or neighbor each day, and often unexpectedly. This means they often have no way to plan or prepare for the sudden changes that occur"
~Sally Miller, Carers Network’s Chief Executive