Help offered to carers

Did you know that our research shows that a great many carers don’t realise they are carers at all?

I wonder how many readers are carers without realising it? Maybe they are looking after a family member who is disabled, ill or elderly. If so, then they are carers.

What’s worse, our research also shows that many family carers are completely unaware of the support services available to them, such as funding for people with disabilities and carers to take much-needed respite breaks.

I work for a disability charity called Vitalise and we have seen at first hand the terrible emotional and physical toll that caring for a loved one can take on a person if they don’t have adequate support. Many carers run the risk of becoming sick or disabled themselves.

Each year we provide desperately-needed breaks for thousands of people with disabilities and carers at our UK respite centres. But it is simply tragic that there are still people in desperate need of respite from their caring role, who are completely unaware that we are here to support them.

If you or someone you care about is affected by disability and you would like to know more about how Vitalise can support you, please call 0303 303 0145 or email bookings@vitalise.org.uk or visit www.vitalise.org.uk.

COLIN BROOK

Vitalise