SCOTTISH WOMEN WITH CARING RESPONSIBILITIES
1in5 of you are carers 74% say carers do not get enough support You told us...
“The role of a carer, whether it be due to age, disability or illness, usually falls to the females of a family. More has to be done to highlight this fact to employers and to our work colleagues. Sometimes we are tired because we haven’t slept through the night for weeks due to carrying out our caring roles, not because we have been out partying. Sometimes we have short tempers because we can’t get the support we need from the NHS, not because it’s the ‘time of the month’ or we have had a row with someone at home.”
“I am, at present, a carer for my husband who has terminal cancer. I am off my work. My work has been more than supportive”. “I was a carer to my mother who died 10 years ago. I had no support from work or her GP or social services. Once she was in a nursing home I was able to manage work until her final weeks. At that point I found that people were understanding when I had to suddenly leave the office to rush to her.” “I was a carer for many years and the stress of combining caring with fulltime work was enormous.”
“Being a carer is akin to maternity leave, except there are few procedures in place and it’s at the discretion of the employer.”
“I have more need for flexibility looking after an elderly parent with regular hospital visits than I had with my daughter. There are numerous childcare options but none for dependent relatives. Paid parental leave is insulting for those who have no children but have as much need for extra days to look after elderly relatives than those with children. Giving flexibility to those with children, but not to those who don’t becomes an inequality in the workplace.”