Hello Coyla Welcome to the forum. Many of us caring for people with mental health problems can identify with those feelings of frustration, guilt (unfounded!) and depression. It goes on for so long and seems unremitting. Here's a link to some quick fixes to lift your own mood https://www.carersuk.or...
Reminds me of my FIl who always carried his stick across his body in front of him as if to ward off attackers. It rarely touched the ground. Whenever he met another man with a stick, he'd raise his own and say "Badge of honour too mate" with a huge grin
Michael I am somewhat surprised that this is the first time Carers UK has posted anything about Carers Rights Day on this forum (unless I've missed a lot). Surely the people on here are carers and could have been involved and informed way in advance of this day. Posting on the day when many of us al...
Apologises if those affected already know this, but it caught us out When you first claim you are set an Assessment Period based in the date you first claim.Then anything you earn between those dates reduces the amount of UC you get This ia now catching many people out unfairly For example My boys A...
Hi Mary I do hope it all goes to plan, but don't beat yourself up if you find you just sit. My first respite I just felt like I'd hit a soft brick wall. I was absolutely poleaxed and it was like I was in shock. As they went on they did get easier and I had more energy and could be productive, but th...
https://youtu.be/VWgEaUHs97s
This film was in Carersuk facebook page today.
I assume its just to raise awareness
I'm not sure why else it was made by Bournemouth University
Hi Freetoleave I don't think there's one right answer. It depends on what is available to you locally and what will best meet the needs of Dad, and of Mum and of you, so it's likely to be a compromise of sorts. Ask each provider (hospice, care agency etc) what they can offer. Visit premises if you c...
A good lesson indeed. Reminds me of the time I was referred from Hospital A for an urgent appointment at Hospital B. Luckily I phoned the next day to enquire how long the wait might be, to be told that Hospital A had a backlog of letters and it would take a least a month for the letter to even be wr...
Hi Tricia As Dad is a veteran you may there there is both practical and financial support available to him through SSAFA https://www.ssafa.org.uk and Royal British Legion. http://www.britishlegion.org.uk Even if it's just befriending or sitters, every little bit can help. SSAFA for example paid half...
It was her comment that 'families are non-compliant ' that got my goat. What a damning and derogatory phrase

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