Car­ing for the car­ers with breaks

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - STEPHANIE STONE Re­vi­talise

CAR­ERS work re­lent­lessly to pro­vide sup­port to their loved ones, but what if the carer is sim­ply un­able to carry on cop­ing?

We con­ducted plen­ti­ful re­search into the im­pact that a lack of time away from car­ing can have.

We found that 80% of car­ers put the health of their loved ones ahead of their own and 60% said that a lack of time away from car­ing led them to feel­ings of de­pres­sion.

With as many as four out of 10 car­ers not hav­ing taken any time off from car­ing in the past year, of­ten work­ing 24/7, it is vi­tal that we pro­vide as many car­ers as pos­si­ble with the op­por­tu­nity to take reg­u­lar respite breaks and help to re­store their abil­ity to cope.

That’s why we want to re­mind car­ers that Re­vi­talise is here to help.

We are an amaz­ing lo­cal char­ity that pro­vides respite hol­i­days for dis­abled peo­ple and their car­ers from around the re­gion and be­yond at our Ju­bilee Lodge hol­i­day cen­tre in Chig­well.

We un­der­stand the sig­nif­i­cance of be­ing able to leave the stresses of ev­ery­day life be­hind, if only for a short while – that’s why our breaks serve to re­store, re­ju­ve­nate and rein­vig­o­rate – just like our name sug­gests.

If you would like to find out about Re­vi­talise, our breaks or ways that we can help you, please visit www. re­vi­talise.org.uk.

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