SCOT­TISH WOMEN WITH CAR­ING RE­SPON­SI­BIL­I­TIES

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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.”

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