donnamarie Posted June 10, 2011 Share Posted June 10, 2011 http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/weston-super-mare-life/letters/letters_to_the_editor_june_9_2011_1_917161 Its about half way down the page .... Carers I AM a carer, looking after my mother, who is disabled. There are hundreds, if not thousands who, just like me, will be supporting Carers Week 2011, June 13-19. But there are also many people throughout Weston who look after a person, without realising that they are acting as a carer. That’s why the theme of this year’s Carers Week is ‘The True Face of Carers’. It calls for a greater recognition of the vital contribution, a diverse, sometimes unexpected range of carers make to communities like ours. Between us we save the country an incredible £119billion every year. A weekly routine can be many things for me. It can be helping managing her medications, basic help with everyday jobs, shopping, cooking and cleaning, going to appointments such as doctors, dentist, etc, taking on the system, making sure she gets all the support that she is entitled to by law, most of all being a friend, making sure she gets out to socialise with others. Carers help the person live their own life, as independently and for as long as possible, with them still feeling a degree of control in what they can do for themselves. Caring is something we do out of love, friendship or compassion often through necessity as life takes unexpected turns, but rarely through conscious choice. Many people often don’t even realise they are cares until they’ve been carrying out the responsibility for months, if not years. To your readers who are carers, or know someone who is a carer that doesn’t get enough recognition or support, I say: ‘Help is available’. They are carers’ centres and other groups out there which can offer professional information, advice and emotional support for you. For more information about Carers Week and how local groups are working together to help improve the quality of life of our carers visit www.carersweek.org MRS SONIA OWEN Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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