‘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

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FOCUS ON CARING -

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.

Con­trib­uted

HELP­ING CAR­ERS: Chief ex­ec­u­tive of Bucks Car­ers, Stephen Archibald

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