Navigation Links
Care Workers Need Some Care Too

The physical and psychological strain of caring seems to have left its impact on the six million care givers in Britain with 79% of them claiming to have worsened health because of caring //.

The survey revealed that only 27% of them had been offered a health check by their GP while 90% of them considered that they should be offered an annual health check. 73% of these care givers have claimed that their own health problems affected their ability to care. Besides that 59% said their health problems were affecting the person they cared for.

Some of the common complaints were stress and worry,depression, all mostly stemming from the emotional impact of caring while the physical toll fo caring was often expressed as backache in most care givers.

Every health authority in the UK has been urged in the report 'In Sickness and in Health', that launch Carers Week, to offer health checks for care givers within a year of their appointment as carers, as well as regularly afterwards.

The campaign has been backed by a host of celebrities such as Gloria Hunniford, Esther Rantzen, Fiona Phillips and Miriam Margoyles. Carers Week manager Paul Matz said: "Carers are often so focused on the person they care for that they neglect concerns for themselves, and as a result, their own health can be significantly affected. Carers Week seeks to address these issues by raising awareness of their situation among key decision makers and the public at large."

The survey was conducted on 5,604 carers It was found that the psychological impact of caring mainly affected careres aged between 18-34 years the hardest often leading to depression, anxiety isolation and a smaller circle of friends.

While the oldest carers aged 65 and over often received support from their GPs only 43% of these people had been offered a health check.

Mr Matz said: "Although we have always been aware of the negative impact caring ca n have on the lives of many carers, this survey has highlighted just how wide-spread the situation is where health is concerned.

"Carers themselves need to understand these issues and make the most of the services that are available to them, in order to ensure they can carry out their roles without creating long-term health problems for themselves."

Mr Matz added: "Carers Week 2006 will be stressing the importance of carers health and emotional well-being. Improving healthcare provision for the UK’s six million carers makes sense not just for carers, but also for every single person who is supported as a result."

The survey revealed that 40% of the careers are caring for a partner, 32% for a daughter or son 21% for a parent, 5% care for some other relative and 1.7% for a friend.

Gloria Hunniford, who cared for daughter Caron Keating before her tragic death from cancer, added: "The role of carers should never be underestimated. Carers take on so much responsibility, worry and stress.

"They are often so concerned about the welfare of the person they are looking after, that they completely neglect their own well being. I hope my support will help raise awareness of the issues facing carers in the UK today and encourage more to seek help."

The twelfth annual Carers Week has been supported as well as jointly organised by Carers UK, Help the Aged, Crossroads Caring for Carers, Macmillan Cancer Support, MS, Counsel and Care, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers,Society, Rethink.

A website www.carersweek.org has been set up providing details of the Carers Week and the events organized for the week. The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Popcorn Workers At Health Risk
2. A Move To Help Commercial Sex Workers Quit Their Business
3. Journal Recommends How To Improve The Performance Of Health Workers
4. Injury Rates High For Workers In Poultry Farms
5. Safety Of Indian Sex Workers At Risk Due To Poor Condom Usage
6. Poultry Workers To Adopt Anti-Flu Guidelines
7. Police should work as Mental Health Workers
8. Rehabilitate Sex Workers - Mata Amritanandamayi
9. Nearly 15% Of U.S. Workers Work Under The Influence Of Alcohol
10. Pay Cut Leads To Increased Levels Of Insomnia Among Workers
11. Monday Morning Blues Hit Sick British Workers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... Freed-Hardeman University President Joe A. Wiley ... joint enrollment and degree completion agreement. The agreement, which begins with the ... FHU|Dickson. , The agreement allows students to be jointly admitted to both ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... The American public tends to feel ... be safer than regular municipal or well water. The recent experience with lead contaminated ... could go a long way toward increasing public acceptance of recycled waste water as ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... York, New York (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... announced the election of Patrick McDermott as Chairman of the National Board of Directors. ... Pat as Chairman of the Board,” stated Leslie A. Chambers , APDA President ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... In sleep, when the defenses of the ... hallmark feature of patients with eating disorders is significant self-criticism, and consequently these patients ... obsessions are regarded as maladaptive means for coping with this unease, but also leads ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Boston, MA (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 ... ... hosted its inaugural Columbia University Men’s Soccer Career Development event in New York ... KICVentures, and Rocco Commisso, Chairman and CEO of Mediacom, (both alumnus of the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)... , Feb. 5, 2016 ... addition of the "Global Obstetrics Partnering ... company profile to their offering. --> ... of the "Global Obstetrics Partnering 2010-2016: ... profile to their offering. --> ...
(Date:2/4/2016)...   Bernstein Liebhard LLP today announced that a ... District Court for the District of Arizona ... all persons or entities who purchased common shares of Insys ... from March 3, 2015 through January 25, 2016 (the "Class ... with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... LONDON , Feb. 4, 2016 ... and competitive market to drive long-term market growth ... very common set of chronic disorders that affect ... disparate in terms of their symptoms and key ... by dysregulation of immune pathways and an inappropriate ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: