Care UK offers helping hand to family carers

Ruth launches A helping hand during a radio interview

Care UK has published a free guide to support those looking after relatives or close friends.

Publication of the new advice guide was prompted by research showing that over half of people who cared for a loved one felt overwhelmed by their responsibilities.

Debbie Fox, dementia lead for Care UK, said: “The role of a family carer is far from easy, and it can take an immense toll on the carer’s own health and strength.

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“We were surprised to find, for instance, that carers spend on average two hours a day visiting the person they care for, yet more than half (57 per cent) still feel guilty that they are not dedicating enough time to their caring responsibilities.”

The campaign, which is being supported by television presenter Ruth Langsford (pictured right), found that, among other time spent on tasks, carers spend an average of nine hours a week cooking for their loved one, 13 hours visiting their home, nine hours running errands, nine hours helping to clean or tidy, and eight hours taking their loved one out on social visits.

More than half of respondents (59 per cent) said they never or don’t often ask for help with their caring responsibilities, and of those, 72 per cent said it was because they feel it is their responsibility or their duty as a family member or close friend.

A helping hand can be downloaded from www.careuk.com/helpinghand and free copies of the guide can also be picked up from any Care UK care home. To find your nearest care home and information on any forthcoming advice events, visit careuk.com/care-homes.

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