Car­ers ne­glect own health

Daily Mail - - Career Mail -

MORE than half of Bri tain’s un­paid car­ers are so in­volved in look­ing af­ter loved ones, they let their own health prob­lems go un­treated.

Yet those pro­vid­ing care for 50 hours or more a week are twice as likely to be in poor health as non-car­ers.

While car­ing can be very re­ward­ing, with­out the right sup­port it can af­fect health, career, re­la­tion­ships and fi­nances, leav­ing many feel­ing iso­lated and stressed. Car­ers Week ( car­ers

week.org), run­ning un­til Sun­day, is high­light­ing how vi­tal it is for car­ers to have the sup­port they need to stay healthy and con­nected with oth­ers — and to know that their health and well­be­ing needs mat­ter, too.

MORE than 6.5 mil­lion peo­ple in the UK are un­paid car­ers, look­ing af­ter a par­ent, part­ner, child or friend. friend One big is­sue many face is find­ing ways for their loved one to bathe safely.

In­tro­duc­ing mo­bil­ity aids such as a belted bath lift (right) can help them to wash in­de­pen­dently with con­fi­dence and re­duce the worry for you.

In­stalling a stylish easy­ac­cess shower is an­other ef­fec­tive op­tion.

Some have half-height doors so that a carer can lend a hand, plus safety fea­tures such as a grab bar, slipresis­tant floor­ing, seat­ing and ther­mo­static con­trols.

Those who pre­fer bathing might like to think about hav­ing a hy­droves­cence spa sys­tem fit­ted to a walk-in bath. Thou­sands of warm bub­bles will gen­tly mas­sage away aches and pains.

For a fun and funky feel that’s very re­lax­ing, jazz up the bath with LED light­ing that changes colour.

READY for a stair­lift? Your loved one might not think so. But if they are strug­gling to get up­stairs, or worry about fall­ing, a stair­lift could pro­vide es­sen­tial re­as­sur­ance.

A stair­lift re­moves the strain of climb­ing the stairs, bring­ing an in­stant re­duc­tion in aches and pains or breath­less­ness and al­low­ing them to re­gain the free­dom of their home.

To­day’s sleek stair­lifts are safe, easy to use, well de­signed to blend into the home and sur­pris­ingly af­ford­able.

It’s best to look for a model that has sim­ple con­trols, a safety belt, a swivel seat to help the user onto the land­ing, safety sen­sors that cut off power if any­thing is in the way, a smooth start and stop and a re­mote con­trol.

If a curved stair­case is the only thing that’s hold­ing your loved one back, they can rest as­sured that a stair­lift can still be fit­ted. There are even types for gar­den steps.

And stair­lifts are bat­tery­op­er­ated, so users will still be able to get up or down the stairs dur­ing a power cut.

A HOME lift (left) is an­other great op­tion that could make life eas­ier for all the fam­ily.

The lat­est com­pact types fit un­ob­tru­sively into the home. Just call the lift when you need it and en­joy free space in the room when you don’t.

Pow­ered elec­tron­i­cally and with bat­tery back-up, these lifts are quiet and cheap to run, as well as be­ing safe and easy to use.

Choose from a range of sizes, adding op­tional seat­ing.

Pic­tures: DOLPHIN BATHING/ POLLOCK LIFTS (right)

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