‘She’s looked after me, now it’s my turn’
There is a dedicated troop of 49,000 young and adult carers in Buckinghamshire. LAURA MOWAT talks to a carer to find out what his role entails and explores what Carers Bucks do to improve the quality of life for carers across the county
MANY people are thrust into the role of being a full time carer without knowing what help is available to them.
Bucks Carers held a Carers Rights Day in Aylesbury on Friday, November 28, where carers could learn more about charities and support they could get.
In Buckinghamshire, the most common reason for people to be carers is when a family member has dementia, a stroke, a serious lung condition or diabetes. Every year across the county, 10,000 people become a carer for the first time.
Chief executive of Bucks Carers, Stephen Archibald, said: “It is important for carers to have time for themselves, they can do practical things and also have a rest from their caring role.
“We offer them an opportunity to take a break and also advice, for example with back pain which they might get if they are caring for somebody.”
He added: “It is inevitable that the number of carers will increase.
“There are more people living with more long term conditions.
“Some people manage very well and other people will need a carer.
“It is increasing in line with the ageing population.”
The Carers Rights Day also gave people information on changes in the government’s Care Act 2014. The act aims to give carers more rights and support.
The carers commissioner from Bucks County Council Bharti Quinn talked about the Care Act and new rights for carers as well as the different kinds of support available.
Bucks Carers is mainly funded by Bucks County Council and donations.
HELPING CARERS: Chief executive of Bucks Carers, Stephen Archibald