Christmas can be a time of isolation and dread for family Carers.
Photo and blog by Maureen Oakes
Christmas is a time of year when families get together, a time of joy according to the TV, media etc, but for many unpaid family carers this Christmas it will be the most dreaded time of year caring 24/7 for their loved ones, essential services mainly closed for the holidays, and those needing outside help daily to support them with the demand of their caring role will likely have been reduced, coupled with this the daily struggle with cuts in benefits and services 2013 has seen, especially the bedroom tax.
We must not forget the person being cared for and not forgetting the elderly, for them it can be equally dreading but in a different way, while their carer feels isolated so do they, when you become ill gradually family and friends contacts reduce in numbers, anyone can become ill/disabled in an instant, it’s not their fault, equally anyone can become a carer in an instant. (more…)