Carers Week - a problem shared is a problem halved
22 June 2012
This week, Carers Week is highlighting just how
carers' health can be affected by caring.
It's easy when you are a carer to overlook your own needs. But
there is help and support available at Parkinson's UK.
Emotional support and practical help
Talking to other people in a similar situation can help. You can
connect with and chat to other carers on our forum and on our Facebook page.
Many carers are members of our
local groups and attend meetings and
activities, either with the person they care for or on their own.
Our groups and local teams also help organise events throughout the
year specifically for carers of people with Parkinson's.
Our information and support workers
provide emotional support and practical help for people with
Parkinson's, their carers and families.
We have lots of resources too including a dedicated guide for carers.
Our helpline is free and confidential
(0808 800 0303) and can offer emotional support. Our trained
advisors can also answer many of the questions that arise when
supporting someone with Parkinson's.
If you can get out to your local group or branch - and I know that's not easy for many carers - I would thoroughly recommend it.
Hazel, who cares for her husband
Hazel is a carer for her husband who has Parkinson's and
Hazel is on the committee for the Lewisham Branch and came to speak out for carers
at the Carers Week event this week in the House of Lords.
She said: "There are times where I have been at the lowest ebb
possible, angry and overwhelmed at what the future holds.
"We don't have children, so the responsibility of supporting my
husband rests with me. It's the friendship and support of the group
that has pulled me through these dark times.
"If you can get out to your local group or branch - and I know
that's not easy for many carers - I would thoroughly recommend
Vivian is a volunteer who helps us run a welcoming online forum. Vivian cared for her husband for
28 years and while he is now in a nursing home, she continues to be
greatly involved in his care. Vivian explained:
"I was delighted to join the forum as part of a 'welcome
committee'. Not everyone can get out to a group and not everyone
feels comfortable speaking on the phone, especially if you worry
that your partner or loved one may hear you and get upset.
"For me the forum offers a way that carers who can get online
can express themselves freely, just as the forum offers this to
people with Parkinson's.
"There are difficult issues to deal with about the way your
relationship changes and the future and its so important to share
this with people who understand what you are going through."
Find out more
Read more about Carers Week and our
dedicated carers' page: Taking
care of yourself