State of Caring Carers UK State of Caring 2017 Report - Page 11

STATE OF CARING REPORT 2017 What does a break mean to you? We asked carers what having a break from caring means to them? “Time to relax, get an undisturbed night’s sleep and concentrate on my other roles as wife, mum and granny” “Just to have a complete day free would be magical” “It would allow me time to rest and recuperate. With my Son needing 100% 24/7 care, I have no time for my own health , care and social needs, and I can’t even remember what I enjoy doing. I lost a lot of friends after his birth and feel incredibly isolated so I do feel it is important to be able to invest some time on social relationships. It’s very easy to lose your identity when you are a full time carer for someone else and it’s incredibly easy to fall into depression. Breaks are vital for you to recharge your batteries and spend some time on your own needs” “Lack of respite provision for our daughter is impacting on our physical and mental health as well as our marriage” “To sleep would mean a lot. To relax and not worry about the timing of food, toilet needs, medicines and to converse with people not linked to the health care service. Just to feel human and an individual again” “So I can recuperate and then better care for the disabled person. To look forward to a break has the same effect as the break itself. It also allows me to spend time with my other children who miss out on a lot when I am caring for their brother along side them. I believe a break would benefit their wellbeing as much as mine” “The world! It may improve my health and keep me caring. Funding for breaks is now gone for my local area and I cannot get them” “A few days of being able to really spend time with my husband so we can relax together. A chance to sleep a few nights without several interruptions to help Mum, a chance to actually deal with my own substantial health needs. A chance to be a person and not an unpaid servant on literally a 24/7 working day. I don’t resent caring, but I do resent having to jump through hoops to get even a proportion of the rights I would have if in paid employment” “Being able to know my mum is in a safe environment whilst taking some time away for myself would mean the world to me. I am unable to help my mother with a lot of things due to my own mental health, the cuts to many services have meant we are alone trying our hardest to help each other but often very unsuccessfully. We are both deeply in need of support” 11