National Carers Week
National Carers Week 18th – 24th June 2012
Most people with diabetes do not need carers but some people have diabetes and other conditions and they may well require a carer. IDDT is supporting National Carers Week by providing useful links which give information on Charities that can offer support to reduce the isolation that many carers experience.
A carer can be someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help due to illness, disability, mental ill-health or a substance misuse problem.
Being a carer may mean:
- Facing a life of poverty, isolation, frustration, ill health and depression.
- Many carers give up an income, future employment prospects and pension rights to become a carer.
- Many carers also work outside the home and are trying to juggle jobs with their responsibilities as carers.
- The majority of carers struggle alone and do not know that help is available to them.
- Carers say that access to information, financial support and breaks in caring are vital in helping them manage the impact of caring on their lives.
If you are a carer or know someone that is, these are organisations can offer support and information:
IDDT’s leaflet ‘For Family Carers’ for people living with diabetes
Finance and Benefits:
Organisations that can help:
Community Care – Care Matters
The National Carers Strategy is available here: