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11th June 2020
Healthwatch Dorset spoke to their volunteers about how they have coped 'caring' for someone during the coronavirus crisis
Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience, but carers often find it challenging to take care of their own wellbeing whilst caring, and find that their contribution to society is not recognised and celebrated.
Its impact on all aspects of life, from relationships and health to finances and work, should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough.
This Carers Week, we're recognising that now, more than ever before, it's time for us to come together and help Make Caring Visible.
There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers, yet they often feel isolated - and they are seven times more likely to say they are lonely than the general population. They will be looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, or who needs extra help as they grow older.
Everyone has a part to play in making sure these carers are seen, heard, and understood; and helping them to get the support they need to care
For more information about being a carer, or supporting a friend or family member who is a carer, we encourage you to visit Carers UK https://www.carersuk.org/
For local support you can reach out to Carers Support Dorset https://www.carersupportdorset.co.uk/ & CRISP https://crispweb.org/home.aspx
Louise Bate, Healthwatch Dorset Manager, explained why they are asking people to speak up about caring behind closed doors: "There are millions of people across the country who provide care unpaid every day, often with limited support or hidden behind closed doors. During this national crisis, many carers have had to provide even more care than usual. Healthwatch Dorset wants to make sure their voice is heard by those responsible health and social care in Dorset, so that they understand the challenges faced by family carers and learn from their experiences in order to make care better.
We want to hear from local people who receive care and from those who provide care for a family member or friend who cannot cope without their support. Your story, which can remain anonymous, will help to influence positive change in local services, so do please get in touch."
You can share your experience of care during COVID-19 by completing a short online survey: smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CoronavirusHWD/