Carers Support Merton

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Carers Support Merton,Vestry Hall
London Road,Mitcham

020 8646 7515

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Who are unpaid carers?

The definition of a carer
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without that persons support.
Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age.
Many feel they are doing what anyone else would in the same situation; looking after their mother, son, or best friend and just getting on with it.
Carers don’t choose to become carers: it just happens and they have to get on with it; if they did not do it, who would and what would happen to the person they care for?
It is likely at some point in their life one in four will become a carer.

What is a young carer?
Young carers are children and young people who often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.
The tasks undertaken can vary according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of need for care and the structure of the family as a whole.

An unpaid carer/young carer may do some or all of the following:

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
  • Physical care, such as lifting, support with walking or with physiotherapy.
  • Personal care, such as dressing, washing, helping with toileting needs.
  • Financial Help: Managing the family budget, collecting benefits and prescriptions.
  • Medical Help: Administering medication, attending doctors/hospital appointments
  • Supporting other family Members: Looking after or “parenting” younger siblings/nephew nieces
  • Emotional support: Being a ‘listening ear’ anytime day or night

Although the distinction is often made between a full-time or part-time carer, there is not a minimum time requirement or age restriction that “qualifies” someone as being more or less of a carer.

Someone in their seventies who cares 24/7 for their spouse with severe dementia is a carer. A teenager who offers emotional support and helps to keep the household running as and when the fluctuating nature of their parent’s mental health requires it — is also a carer. The two situations are very different. Both are individual examples of the 7 million carers in the UK today.

 Caring can affect people in may ways – ·

Young Carers may forgo a social life to stay at home to ensure the person they care for is safe and well or to look after younger brother and sisters. School work can suffer due to interrupted sleep or too much to do at home to allow time for homework, teachers may think they are being lazy if they are not aware of the situation at home, Sometimes people pick on young carers because they have a relative with a disability Other people assume young carers are coping well because they put on a brave face when really they just want to be like every other young person their age . However caring can have a positive Young Carers Can be very patient and understanding and value friendship and relationships more than their peers.

 Adult Carers: Again forgo a social life as they may not be able to leave the person they care for, work can be affected and sometimes carers have to give up a job they love – Caring can be very isolating and lead to loneliness and depression as well a physical problems if the person they care for is partly immobile and they need help to get around. Caring can also be a financial burden as the person they look after may no longer be able to work or costs of special care may very expensive.

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