This month, the nation celebrated Carers Week and I’d like to tell readers how our charity is as devoted to supporting carers as carers are to supporting loved ones.
Many of the UK’s estimated 6.5million carers work relentlessly to provide support, but what if the carer is unable to carry on coping? We’ve conducted research into the impact that a lack of time away from caring can have. We found that 80 per cent of carers put the health of their loved ones ahead of their own, and 60 per cent said that a lack of time away led to feelings of depression.
It is vital that we provide as many carers as possible with the opportunity to take regular respite breaks and help to restore their ability to cope.
I work for Revitalise, a charity that provides respite holidays for disabled people and their carers. We understand the significance of being able to leave the stresses of everyday life behind, if only for a short while. That’s why our breaks serve to restore, rejuvenate and reinvigorate – just like our name suggests.
To find out about Revitalise, call 0303 303 0147 or visit www.revitalise.org.uk