Occurring just once a year, carers week drives awareness towards the importance of carers and the people that they provide care for. This year’s carers week marked the 20th anniversary of the awareness campaign, and took place between the 9th and 15th of June.
What Carers week aims to do is provide information and support to carers, and raise awareness of information, and services locally and nationally that can help them. Some family carers often put a lot of pressure on themselves by acting as a loved one’s only beacon of stability. Moreover it can be easy for carers to forget about looking after themselves whilst they are caring for someone else. Home Instead Sheffield delivers dementia workshops which are attended by family carers, and within each and every one of them, we always stress that the most important thing when providing care is for carers to take time for themselves.
Some of our CAREGivers really do make a difference to the lives of our clients. A warm heart and a welcome smile can brighten anyone’s day and can make life easier for both family members and their loved ones. Carer’s week raises much needed awareness of this contribution to people and to those in the community. With an increasing number of carers in the UK, Carers week supports the idea of more sustainable funding for carers and people that they care for. There are definitely challenges in the care sector however with awareness like this they cannot be ignored.