Yes folks, this is what I look like! With Dr Barbara Sharp a friend and colleague.
Anyone who knows me will be aware that I have great admiration for everyone who is an informal (unpaid) carer, perhaps because I have been one several times myself. There are almost seven million informal carers in the UK – almost one in ten people. A figure that is rising. It is often forgotten that 42% of carers are men and 58% are women. There value of the contribution made by carers in the UK is £119 billion per year and without them the NHS and social care system would be overwhelmed many times over COVID-19 or no COVID-19.
So at this time it must be particularly difficult. This Blog is a set of resources for them. Recently, Carers Scotland noted that currently reduced or closed care services meant that family members in Scotland were picking up even more care for older, sick or disabled relatives with many of them feeling overwhelmed and at risk of burning out. See their report HERE . So this seems like the least I can do.
Firstly, you can go to the Carers Scotland Website, where you will find a really useful list of Sources of Help and Advice for Carers in Scotland. To find it CLICK HERE.
Secondly, the Scottish Government’s own carers page is HERE
Thirdly, If you are looking for advice on mental health, adults and the law there is a really useful guide for families and carers on THIS WEBPAGE from the Mental Welfare Commission. This page also has Frequently Asked Questions guidance for practitioners and formal carers. (Both guides were released last week).
Finally, my own contribution, the video at the top of the page, alongside the contributions of some of the team I work with @AlzScotCPP All we have done is available on the Alzheimers Scotland COVID HUB. Where there are some more videos and the accompanying leaflets for my video and the others which we hope will help. They are useful for many carers not just those looking after someone with dementia!