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There are currently around 900,000 people with dementia in the UK and this number is projected to rise to 1.6 million by 2040 (Alzheimer’s Society). In light of Dementia Action Week 2022, it is important that we highlight the vital care workers provide to people with dementia to help them remain as independent as possible (Alzheimer’s Society). Research shows carers are either unpaid, underpaid and as a result of around the clock care, exhausted. Over 40% provide over 100 hours per week dedicated care support (Alzheimer’s Society) whilst also juggling the challenges of full time hybrid working, home-schooling and parenting
Whilst many selfless people give up what little free time they have to care for loved ones with dementia, our flawed social care system means that nearly a million UK families are not only struggling to care for their loved ones (Alzheimer’s Society), but also lack the support needed to care for their own mental health and wellbeing in the process.
A recent study by Mental Health UK found that 71% of carers have poor mental health (Mental Health UK), so it is clear that something must change. Finding the right balance between dementia care, working full time and home schooling is key but can be very challenging. The Alzheimer’s Society champion the fact that carers must look after their own mental health and wellbeing first, because otherwise they’re in no position to help others who are struggling (Alzheimer’s Society).
The wake of the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that many businesses have adopted a hybrid or remote working culture, allowing carers to work from home and care more flexibly for their loved ones with dementia. This way of working also gives carers more opportunities for breaks, breathers and time to relax, all key to maintaining positive mental wellbeing. Taking time out and being aware of the negative effects caring can have is essential to providing a good quality of life for yourself, your family and your suffering loved ones.
It’s incredibly important that people, who are caring for a family or friend, talk to their employers about the support they might need, including flexibility around working hours and any personal wellbeing help (Alzheimer’s Society). It could help find a working pattern that suits your caring role and give you more time to take care of yourself (Age UK) away from the stresses of the office. Hybrid working also makes caring in an emergency easier, although hopefully this won’t need to be the case (Age UK). With half of the UK’s 6.5 million carers juggling paid work alongside caring (Dementia Action), it goes without saying that balance, wellbeing and taking time out to spend on personal pursuits is essential in leading a positive and healthy lifestyle.
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